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A 40 Day Devotional study: establishing a deep tap-root in the Love and Power of God

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Opening Introduction

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Come on a journey with me, a pilgrimage of forty days …

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Regardless of where you are in your walk with Jesus, there is something in this booklet that will deeply strengthen and encourage you. I am sure that your life in Christ Jesus will only be lifted up in a greater measure in the Holy Ghost and in the Purposes of the Gospel. Take your time with it, like any journey, there will be ups and downs, and some things you may not be able to accept right away or are presented in a vocabulary that perhaps you are not used to. But take your time; one day at a time, and set yourself to make it to the end.

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This collection of writings is full of Scripture, for it is only the Word of God that brings both Life and Spirit. I appreciate thoughts and new ideas, but I personally can only stand firmly on them if they are richly supported by the Word of God. So, if you have the time, look up all the Scriptures for your own reference.

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The Lord has wondrous plans for your life. If you only knew, even in part, you would fall to your knees with the deepest of tears. Therefore, take your time and allow the Spirit of God to minister and open your eyes in perhaps ways that you have never realised possible. For truly all of us see “through a glass dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12); take courage and let your eyes be opened further to that of which God has “prepared and keeps ready” for you (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC). Be encouraged and set your heart anew unto our precious Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. Allowing the Spirit of God to “take you by your right hand” (Is. 41:13‐19) and lead you on, deeper in this wonderful Path of Salvation.

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Then the LORD answered me and said: “write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Hab. 2:1‐4 NKJV)

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The Lord has given me very precious words that I have attempted to ‘make plain’ for you, so that you ‘may run with it’. There is a favourite Scripture of mine in Deuteronomy 8:3 (Jesus refers to it when facing Satan in the wilderness) that goes like this, “man does not live by bread alone but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” A similar Scripture in Johnspeaks of how important it is to have the Word of God “abiding in you” (John 5:37‐42) and not just in your mind, ie; the Living Word of God rising up within your soul. Rising up in the same way as does the Love of God.

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When I came to realise how this Scripture is so relevant to us all today, my approach to the Father changed. My attitude in how I approach my Heavenly Father changed deeply. I began to seek His Presence manifest, that He might visit me, sit down with me, and share with me according to the heart of the Gospel message (John 14:21). And do you know what, He started to. Not only started but increasingly: in the middle of the night, during the day, or right in the midst of things; He visits. And when I choose to go aside, as Jesus always did, into a quiet place, the secret place; I find that I can initiate meetings with the Lord of Glory whenever I like. Now this is precious, this is truly valuable, this is a great treasure. Know then, that this is available for all who choose to love the Lord and follow Him with all their heart.

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I pray that you are encouraged by the thoughts presented in this booklet, as much as I am in the writing of them. Truly something big will shift in you as you too start to reach out to meet with your Lord and Saviour, in deeper, more determined ways. The Lord is eager to meet with you, more than you could ever be eager to meet with Him. It is the Lord that knocks at your door, so be open to Him; and continually open to Him by inviting (seeking) Him in every day. There is a right way to go about it so humble yourself as a little child and seek your Heavenly Father anew each day. In this you will be continually greatly blessed, in Jesus Name. Amen.

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Bless you …. Ric

 

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Intimacy
in the Father,
in ‘closest relationship’, abiding in the ‘bosom’ of the Almighty, one can truly make ‘Him known’. Being rooted
and securely founded deep in the Love of God, just as a little child.

(John 1:18, Eph. 3:14‐19, Matt. 18:3)

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Opening Introduction

Come on a journey with me, a pilgrimage of forty days …

Regardless of where you are in your walk with Jesus, there is something in this booklet that will deeply strengthen and encourage you. I am sure that your life in Christ Jesus will only be lifted up in a greater measure in the Holy Ghost and in the Purposes of the Gospel. Take your time with it, like any journey, there will be ups and downs, and some things you may not be able to accept right away or are presented in a vocabulary that perhaps you are not used to. But take your time; one day at a time, and set yourself to make it to the end.

This collection of writings is full of Scripture, for it is only the Word of God that brings both Life and Spirit. I appreciate thoughts and new ideas, but I personally can only stand firmly on them if they are richly supported by the Word of God. So, if you have the time, look up all the Scriptures for your own reference.

The Lord has wondrous plans for your life. If you only knew, even in part, you would fall to your knees with the deepest of tears. Therefore, take your time and allow the Spirit of God to minister and open your eyes in perhaps ways that you have never realised possible. For truly all of us see “through a glass dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12); take courage and let your eyes be opened further to that of which God has “prepared and keeps ready” for you (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC). Be encouraged and set your heart anew unto our precious Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. Allowing the Spirit of God to “take you by your right hand” (Is. 41:13‐19) and lead you on, deeper in this wonderful Path of Salvation.

Then the LORD answered me and said: “write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Hab. 2:1‐4 NKJV)

The Lord has given me very precious words that I have attempted to ‘make plain’ for you, so that you ‘may run with it’. There is a favourite Scripture of mine in Deuteronomy 8:3 (Jesus refers to it when facing Satan in the wilderness) that goes like this, “man does not live by bread alone but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” A similar Scripture in John

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speaks of how important it is to have the Word of God “abiding in you” (John 5:37‐42) and not just in your mind, ie; the Living Word of God rising up within your soul. Rising up in the same way as does the Love of God.

When I came to realise how this Scripture is so relevant to us all today, my approach to the Father changed. My attitude in how I approach my Heavenly Father changed deeply. I began to seek His Presence manifest, that He might visit me, sit down with me, and share with me according to the heart of the Gospel message (John 14:21). And do you know what, He started to. Not only started but increasingly: in the middle of the night, during the day, or right in the midst of things; He visits. And when I choose to go aside, as Jesus always did, into a quiet place, the secret place; I find that I can initiate meetings with the Lord of Glory whenever I like. Now this is precious, this is truly valuable, this is a great treasure. Know then, that this is available for all who choose to love the Lord and follow Him with all their heart.

I pray that you are encouraged by the thoughts presented in this booklet, as much as I am in the writing of them. Truly something big will shift in you as you too start to reach out to meet with your Lord and Saviour, in deeper, more determined ways. The Lord is eager to meet with you, more than you could ever be eager to meet with Him. It is the Lord that knocks at your door, so be open to Him; and continually open to Him by inviting (seeking) Him in every day. There is a right way to go about it so humble yourself as a little child and seek your Heavenly Father anew each day. In this you will be continually greatly blessed, in Jesus Name. Amen.

Bless you …. Ric

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An introduction

1. “Tap-Root”

Freedom in Christ

2. “Freedom”, 3. “The Rest of the Lord”,
4. “The Rest of the Lord” (part 2), 5. “Faith is now!”,
6. “Walking in the Spirit”, 7. “To Live as Christ in the World”, 8.”Jesus’ Life”, 9. “The Deaf Dancer”,
10. “A Sharp Instrument”

Temple of God

11. “The Temple of God”, 12. “The Cleft of the Rock”

To be with Him

13. “Love vs. Works”, 14. “Love vs. Works” (part 2), 15. “A Heart of Invitation”,16. “Our God Speaks!”, 17. “Intended to Pass By”, 18. “To be with Him”

Spirit of Might

19. “The Branch”, 20. “Be Willing”, 21. “Spirit of Might”, 22. “Fire of God”

The Answer is Jesus

23. “The Answer is Jesus”, 24. “Doubt and Unbelief”, 25. “Laying Down Cares”, 26. “Learning to Ride a Bicycle”

Spirit Bears Witness

27. “Praise is of the Soul”, 28. “The Spirit Bears Witness”, 29. “Tent of Meetings”,
30. “Intimacy in the Love of God”

Seek Heaven

31. “Seek Heaven”, 32. “Seek the Gifts”, 33. “Place of Repose” 34. “Let the Peace of God Rule Your Heart”,
35. “The Peace of God Rules my Heart!”

Lasting Fruit

36. “Constructing His Home in Our Hearts”, 37. “Lasting Fruit”, 38. “Yeast of the Pharisees”, 39. “Kingdom of God”,
40. “Revelations 22”

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Day #1: An introduction

“Tap‐Root”

Seeking the One who IS Life to be in our midst, the One who IS Love to increasingly manifest in Person within each one of us.

In the Kingdom of God, we as believers are likened to as a tree. With our roots learning how to draw deep from within the Lord, the Spirit of God forms us and shapes us (Is. 64:8). He sustains us and matures us to bear the likeness, and increasingly behold the Glory of His Son ‐ our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 15:49, Col. 3:9‐10, 2 Cor. 3:18, John 17:24).

In order for the Spirit to develop us, we ourselves need to personally direct (Is. 40:3‐5) the roots of our soul to draw continuously from the Person of God. In our life we need the Spirit of God actively participating with us, as the Scriptures say, “the Spirit gives Life the flesh counts for nothing” (John 6:63). Of ourselves, we can do nothing, compared to the Life and Glory that God has prepared for us, and called each of us into (Zech. 4:6).

With your root reaching out to the Spirit from the secret places of your heart (Ps. 100:4), you naturally begin to bear His Fruit as His Presence rises up within you. We cannot bear the Fruit of God or bear the Life of Him independently of Him (Gal. 5:22‐25, John 15:5). But as we reach out and begin to draw from the Spirit we naturally, without striving (Matt. 11:30), bear the likeness of Christ Jesus and carry His Glory all the more.

The basis of a healthy tree is always found in its roots. Your ‘health’ is found in your personal, private and secret (Mark 1:35, Ps. 91:1) reaching out in the Lord. Your roots, the depths of your soul, searching and finding both nutrient and moisture. But it is more than nutrient and moisture for the Spirit Himself is Life and He is Love. The very ‘conscious’ Life and ‘conscious’ Love of God comes upon you and remains.

Roots by their very nature are continually growing in search of nutrient and moisture. They never cease reaching out and drawing the goodness from the soil. In the Christian’s life, it is possible for us to continually reach out to our personal Father and our personal Holy Spirit. To reach out to hear the ‘Voice’ of God, His Living Word, that ‘proceeds’ from His mouth

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into your soul (nutrient). And in the same way to reach out to the Spirit of God of whom rises within like a deep Spring (moisture), of whom by nature, by His Presence retained, produces in abundance ALL the Fruits of God.

It is possible that in your own private reaching out to the Person of God that you can receive something new and tangible from His Presence continually and throughout your whole day. God is not knowledge He is Love, however, knowledge and revelation from Him naturally and abundantly flows from Him. But what is more precious than this is that His Love and manifest Life rises up within you, allowing you to grow increasingly aware of His Presence upon your life, as was in the life of Jesus.

As roots of a tree naturally reach out and are ‘rewarded’ by what they seek, so are you. The Father openly rewards you with His Presence rising up so liberally from within the depths of your soul (Heb. 11:6, Matt. 6:4). You find yourself bonding with the One who is Life, and the One who is Love; spirit to Spirit, love to Love, yearning to Yearning and hand in Hand. Drawing liberally from the richness of the Voice of the Father and of the Spirit rising up like a Spring (Ps. 36:7‐9) of ‘crystal clear water’ (Rev. 22:1‐ 17) from deep within and strengthening you right down to your very bones (Is. 40:31, Is. 12:3, Prov. 3:8).

This world is a spiritually barren place, an arid land compared to what God has purposed, made and keeps ready for each believer (1 Cor. 2:9 AMP, Ps. 84:5‐8, Is. 41:18‐19). In the Word of God, you have both nutrient and moisture. But the same Word of God speaks of seeking the Word that ‘proceeds’ from the ‘mouth’ of God with the same need, the same hunger, as for your ‘daily bread’ (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4, Matt. 16:18, John 5:37). Jesus refers to it as this: ‘believe’ and ‘put into practice’ (Matt. 7:24) these ‘earthly teachings’ and I will ‘reveal’ myself to you. ‘I will manifest and show myself’ to you (John 14:21) and begin to impart ‘heavenly teachings’ (John 3:12); gifting you from the Heart of the Father into the heart of man ‐ you! (John 6:45, Heb. 8:11, Is. 54:13, 1 John 2:27, 2 Kings 6:17).

The Spirit of God “will take the things that are the Lord’s and will reveal, show and transmit it to you” (John 16:14‐15 AMPC). What the Blood of

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Jesus has achieved for you is beyond what we can imagine (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC). You are able to dwell in the Courts of God and be ministered to, liberally drawing directly from within His Presence and His Glory deep within your soul. Turning your heart unto the Lord He opens Himself to you and His ‘Voice’ (Is. 50:4) imparts directly of Himself into your spirit making it yours.

Desert Oaks: in arid places, trees are known to send down their tap‐root deep into the ground in search for the water table. There is a tree in Central Australia called a Desert Oak, and this particular tree grows tall and thin like a bush. It has a singular purpose and intent; to grow its tap‐ root deep down into the ground in search for the Artesian water table. Once it strikes this water table it begins to grow exponentially forming large limbs, branches, and fruit.

This picture is the same in the Christian walk. Taping into the ‘water table’ allows you to grow and become abundantly fruitful by the Presence of God manifest upon your life, and this regardless of season (Jer. 17:8, Ps. 1:3). To flourish and grow into the image of Christ Jesus in ever‐increasing Glory (2 Cor. 2:18) irrespective of conditions. For from deep within your soul (your roots) you are able to continually draw from the Courts, the Reserves, and the Presence of the Lord. Liberally drawing from the ‘Wells of Salvation’ (Is. 12:3). No longer in your flesh striving to glorify God, but ‘striving’ for the Spirit of God of whom naturally rises up within you glorifying God.

How to draw from God: our tap‐root is ‘activated’ in our closed sessions with the Lord. In our private (Matt. 6:6, Luke 5:16, Mark 1:35) going aside in prayer, seeking to meet with God in Person once again (just as Jesus regularly did). Seeking the Presence of God (Ps 84:2, Ps 91:1) to come upon you, afresh and anew, like Manna every morning. To patiently wait upon the Lord in praise, in fasting (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 9:15, Dan. 12, Matt. 6:11) and meditating on His Word (Josh. 1:8, Ps. 1:2‐3). Your Saviour, Christ Jesus, comes and personally sits you down and He ministers into your soul of His very Self (Luke 12:37, Is. 40:31, Rev. 3:20, Jam. 1:5).

Dwelling in the Courts, in the Presence of the Lord, and having His Presence tangibly come upon you, the Father ‘shows you His Salvation’

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(Ps. 91:16). In this ‘Delight’ (Ps. 37:4), in this ‘Joy of the Lord’, you can liberally come and ‘draw from the Wells of Salvation’ all throughout your whole day. The Spirit of God Himself rises from deep within you; the Love of God and the Life of God. Revelation, confidence and the Might of the Spirit comes upon you and totally overwhelms you, carrying you along in the Holy Ghost (2 Pet. 1:21).

The Spirit of whom is ‘invited’ (Mark 6:48‐52), longed for and allowed to rise up within, deeply powers your life and your walk in the Lord. This is the pattern that we see in the Greats of Old, of the Apostles and of the life of our Lord Jesus. With their private ‘tap‐roots’ in continual inquiry of the Lord, the Lord continually came and lifted them up, showing and experiencing the Glory of God upon their lives (Matt. 17:1‐9). The Father’s Fruits, Gifts and Anointing begins to rise up like fire upon your life (Matt. 3:11). Your tap‐root drawing right from within the Glory and Presence of God where your root ‘abides’ and ‘remains’ (John 15), even from right within the Most Holy Place.

Like a tree planted by the River that flows from the Throne of God (Rev. 22:1, Ps. 46:4) it never fails to produce good Fruit (Jer. 17:7‐8, Ez. 47:12, Is. 58:11), and in all that you do the Father prospers you and is with you (Ps. 1:3). The Father shows you all the more how to liberally draw from the Kingdom of God into your world (Matt. 6:10). Just like Jesus walked His life on earth reaching out to His Father and living acutely aware of His Presence upon Him. Jesus, by His precious Blood shed for you, has made this same gift possible for you; to be and do the same (1 John 4:17). Therefore, just as Jesus did, we too reach out to the Father, and God does His ‘Works’ through us and enables us to ‘do even greater’ things than that of His own Beloved Son – to the honour of the Father (John 14:10‐13).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I deeply desire to send the root of my soul deep into the goodness of God. Please help me Lord. Please guide me. Lord, may the centre most core of my being be established in you. Please bear your goodness in me, please bear your Fruits and Gifts in me. Please form me, shape me and raise me up in the fullness of God. Lord, I don’t know how, only you are capable. I give you full rights to work in my life. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #2: Freedom in Christ

“Freedom”

Scripture:

And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He [Christ] is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:16‐17 AMPC)

I cherish and nurture the tenderness that is possible in the Lord, to draw close to Him; He truly responds and draws close to me (Jam. 4:8). The wonder in life that I, a mere human being, can be drawn so close to Him and can live in continual dialogue with the Lord God is astounding. It is a treasure to behold. The capacity to be able to live in continual dialogue with the one who IS Love and of whose Love and Life rises up from deep within, is entirely beyond words. This same Love strengthens me, moves me and carries me along (2 Pet. 1:21), He clothes me of His very Self.

I delight and long for the living Word of God ‘proceeding’ into my soul from the ‘mouth’ of God (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4). To live in intimacy with the Father, hearing His Voice and receiving from Him throughout my whole day. To grow in tangible awareness of His Presence upon my life (just as Jesus) there is no greater pursuit. Living in continual dialogue and in continual nurtured experience of Jesus, my friend and my King, who died for me. This is His dream being realised in me! (John 17:24)

It doesn’t matter what station of life we are in, there is always more in God. There is always abundantly more than we can ever think or dream in Him (1 Cor. 2:9‐10, Eph. 2:20). There is always more to participate in, draw from and be equipped in by the Lord your God. I prefer to be raised in continual communion in the Holy Ghost as I go about my daily life. I prefer to continually draw from the Living Waters of the Spirit of God for the rich nourishment of my soul and for the opening of the vision of my eyes (2

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Kings 6:17). I, therefore, set my eyes and my soul as flint upon Him, in Jesus Name (Is. 50:7).

The joining to the Vine (John 15) in the secret places of your heart, drawing the Kingdom’s richness into your life, cannot help but flow like a river from your life. Choosing then to have the eyes of your soul not set on the cares of this world, not set on what your eyes see or your ears hear but set more decidedly in the Love of God. This allows you to draw increasingly from His Love into your world; the manifest realities of the Presence of God of whom so gracefully comes upon you and powerfully outworks from your life.

Scripture:

Zeal for your house consumes me. (Psalm 69:9 NIV)

All things are within, are ‘contained’ in the Love of God, there are no secondary root pursuits. To treasure and delight in this one thing: the Love of God. To see and carry a greater measure of Him, this is His dream concerning us all. I treasure and delight in the Love of God that I might dwell and abide deeper in Him (John 15:4‐7). I desire no break of communion with Him, of any measure, but only to have our communion continually enriched and strengthened.

Be aware of the schemes of the Evil One, for he is purposed to use any method to separate you from the Joy (Is. 12:3) and the Voice of the Lord your God. His intent is always the same; trying to come between you and the outpouring Glory of the Father and keep you from freely drawing from His Rich Reserves. As in the ‘tap‐root’ of a tree, make a decisive step to set your confidence in the Lord. Lay your life in the Hands of the Father and watch His Hand work, in ways that are truly wonderful (John 16:24).

The Love of God and the Presence of God are one and the same. There are no secondary root pursuits, for all is ‘contained’ in the Love of God. Within the Love of God, we are guided and provided all things: for this life on earth, for the ministry of His Kingdom, for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and the Resurrection Power of God. I personally dream to actively participate in the Gifts and the Resurrection Power of God, but these are not secondary pursuits. These things of the Will, of Revelation, of

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Ministry, of the Fruits and Gifts of God, are not separate pursuits. All is contained, all is found and drawn from within the Love of God. Our love set in the Love of God simply draws Him for He is Love (1 John 4:16).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I long to hear your Voice, I long for the Words that proceed from the mouth of God. Lord, please help me live in the freedom of heart and soul that you shed your Blood to achieve for me. Lord, the freedom in the Holy Ghost is wonderful, please help me remain and abide here all the moments of my life. I seek your Face and wait upon the Lord, thank you Lord, for achieving this in me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #3: Freedom in Christ

“The Rest of the Lord”

Scripture:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28‐30 NIV)

Come to Jesus and He will give you ‘Rest for your soul’. Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), ‘spoke’ the Gospel by what He both said and by what He did. Though He was baptised and filled with the Spirit, like you and I, He still retained a strong need and desire to spend time with the Person of God, in the secret places of His life.

Jesus regularly went aside to seek the Presence of the Father and ‘sitting at His feet’ He was ministered to by the Living Word that “proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3). Jesus hungered (Matt. 4:4) for the Voice of God that by nature ministers and nurtures the soul of man; “I have food that you know nothing about” (John 4:32, John 5:37, 42).

There is a pattern here for us; the Greats of the Bible sought the Presence of God just as Jesus did. For example; with the same zeal, Jesus’ own ‘forefather’, king David, was famous for longing for the Presence of God, to abide in His Courts (Ps. 84:10, Ps. 42:1‐2). There is a culture we see of regularly seeking the Face of the Father in prayer and fasting. Daniel is known for his culture of prayer and fasting (Dan. 10). He is also known for capturing the heart of a king (and a nation) of whom stood by at the Lion’s Den.

The Father’s Presence and Voice sought for in the secret places of your heart, comes upon your life and fills all the gaps in the souls of man. The issues common to man are washed away: fear, anxiety, guilt, loneliness, stress, depression, oppression, emptiness, worthlessness, hopelessness and brokenness are all replaced by the Voice, the Presence and the Might of the Lord. And He gives ‘you a place among these standing here’ (Zech. 3:1‐7). The Cross truly rescues and saves the souls of man and raises you in such high standing.

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It is possible that you can instigate meeting with the Father, and be raised to walk freely into His Courts whenever you like, and come out ‘carrying’ His Presence. This regardless of your station of life (Luke 4:14). Intimacy has a nature about it: never being disconnected in your commune in the Lord. As you go in and sit at His feet, and have Him come upon your life in His wonder, I tell you, your vision shifts as does your demeanour. Do you realise just how much the Father longs to meet with you? So much so that He sent His Son to die on the Cross. He also gave the precious gift of the Holy Spirit as the ‘bridge’ that guides you in the deepening and broadening of your ‘connection’ with the Father (Rom. 8:26, John 17:24). Be encouraged the Father longs to meet with you and is ‘Jealous’ for you to long to meet with Him (Ex 34:14).

This is a very important, powerful, and beautiful part of our Christian walk: you can meet with your Saviour and ‘eat’ together with Him, one on one, anytime you wish (Rev. 3:20). You, an ‘ordinary’ Christian, can meet with the King of kings and abide regularly in His Presence, at His ‘table’, and partake with Him throughout all your days.

A heart of invitation, seeking the Presence of God. Behind closed doors, in regular private prayer and fasting, seek the Father’s visit afresh and anew again today. For Him to come visit whenever He likes. Fasting to me is a physical form of prayer that expresses earnest and honest intent. Experience now tells me that God Himself responds and breaks ‘strongholds’ and answers the dreams of your heart. Personally, I needed to fast to help express the deep longing and my earnest desire for the Lord. For I had neither the vocabulary nor the patience to sit still and pray, let alone the ability to wait upon the Lord. Now, His Presence has become so wonderful I can’t leave and don’t want to. Now with an increasing vocabulary, I can’t stop writing to try to capture the prayers coming from deep groanings in my spirit (Rom. 8:26). This open invitation now has Him visiting me because He wants to, even in the least expected places. I never want to leave His Presence regardless of how busy I am or what I face in front of me each day, but delight to remain in Him. I only fast all the more for I am now even more hungry for Him.

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The simple child‐like love (Matt. 18:3), the longing of your soul, draws the Father dearly close, for your Father is drawn to your love – because He is Love. Nothing else brings or draws the Presence of God; not your labour, your knowledge, achievements, position or noble requests (Rev. 2:5). Only a simple toddler‐like love (Ps. 8:2), faith, and hunger for the Person of your Father. Just as you are (nappy and all)!

Seeking the Face of your Father, leaving your cares and hopes aside, enables you to abide in the Rest of the Lord. Within this Rest there is the Freedom, the Equipping, and the Reserves of Heaven ‐ the ‘Voice of God’. To dwell in cares is to set your heart and faith in this life, for what your eyes can see and what your hands can achieve. But to release your life, and your cares into Christ, in preference for His Presence and His Hand upon your life, this is to open your heart to an ever deepening awareness of Him, and an increasing ability to liberally draw from His Rich Reserves (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC).

Be ‘anxious for nothing’ (Phil. 4:6‐7 AMPC), but if anything be ‘anxious’ and eager for the manifest Presence of the Lord your God. Retaining a deep hunger for the Words that come from the mouth of the Lord. To retain a heart free of care is to enter the Freedom of Christ that you are called to (Gal. 5:1). For Christ was crucified to set you free. This Freedom, this entering into His Rest, allows you to be able to draw from the Father in such continual ease.

Lift up your eyes unto the Lord; trust Him, trust His Word, His character, and His Promises. Prefer Him and His Presence, His Voice and His plans for your life, over all the issues and desires that this life has to offer. Your Father by nature is the fulfiller of dreams … so delight yourself in Him instead (Ps. 37:4).

The most powerful thing that you possess is your ability to praise Jesus for the Blood that He shed, and seek the manifest Presence of God.

Learn to draw from Him continuously, for your sake and for that of your world. If you only knew the plans that God has for you, even in a small part, you would fall on your knees with deepest of tears. Allow His regular Presence to begin to open your eyes. Choose to lay all your cares upon

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Him (1 Pet. 5:7), regardless of how intense they are, treasuring His Voice in your soul and His Presence upon your life, with praise rising up in your heart and upon your lips. Your ‘hope’ in the Lord your God, your ‘Abba’ Father, enters the Most Holy Place behind the ‘Curtain’ right into the Heart of God (Heb. 6:18‐20).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I thank you for the gift of Rest that is available in you. Lord, I recognise the value of this Rest, this deep spiritual principle of the Word of God. Lord, please fulfil this Rest in me, may your Rest come upon me. Lord, life has its issues, there is always something to be caught up in. But I long for the Fruits of Heaven, I long for the manifestation of Heaven in my life; the fullness of that of which you died to bring. I, by choice, enter the Rest of the Lord, that you may rise up in me. Thank you Jesus. Amen’.

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Day #4: Freedom in Christ

“The Rest of the Lord” (cont.)

Scripture:
For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ “although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (Hebrews 4:3 NKJV)

Break this Scripture down: “we who have believed do enter that rest.” To ‘believe’ is to ‘enter’ the ‘Rest’ of the Lord. To know Him and to trust Him, to walk life intimately aware of Him with you and in you. Remember, “without faith it is impossible to please God” … but … “He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). As roots are rewarded in their earnest seeking for nutrients, so are you in your earnest seeking of the Person of God. Becoming intimately aware and increasingly sensitive of the Father’s Presence upon your life, just as Christ Jesus, born of the same Image and Likeness as He (2 Cor. 3:18).

Within the Rest of God there is such a freedom of soul, that changes your life from the inside out (2 Cor. 3:17). All that you do, think and feel, is now charged and inspired by the Spirit rising within you. From within this freedom you are able to liberally draw from the Goodness of the Lord your God, day and night, regardless of what this life presents you.

Scripture:

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Cor. 3:17 NIV)

Praying for the Father’s help and involvement with one hand but with the other hand clinging to the cares (Ps. 37, Hos. 7:14) of this life is an expression of doubt in your Father (Mark 11:23, Matt. 21:21, James 1:5‐8 NLT). Believers enter the Rest and Freedom of the Spirit. The Rest and Freedom that comes upon you, as you wait upon the Lord, is deeply life changing. And it comes not contrived by human effort, but gifted of the Holy Ghost.

Jesus holds all the cards unless you declare Him insufficient. Jesus is King unless you with the God‐given power of free‐will choose to rule over your

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own life instead. We all have the natural tendency, though a Christian, to continue to bear the fruits of your own flesh. But with the opportunity presented to you, you can choose to enter into the Rest of the Lord and abide in Him instead. This welcomes the Presence of God to ‘manifest’ bearing the Fruits of God abundantly in your life.

The demon will try to bring forms of anxiety in order to make you B‐U‐S‐Y in your soul (Burdened Under Satan’s Yolk). The demon will come in ‘opportune times’ (Luke 4:13) and bring smoke screens of cares and fears (and lust). But regardless of how real they are, there is Power in praising the Name of Jesus instead, and enjoying His Presence that comes upon you. The demon by default works to try to separate you from the Love of God, to come between you and the Freedom and Rest of the Lord. The answer is simple: 1. submit and make Jesus King (daily), 2. in praise lay your cares into His capable hands, and 3. abide in His manifest Presence, allowing the Spirit to minister into your life and rise up within you. The Spirit of God Himself will raise a standard against the Enemy and the issues of life that come against you, bringing His Hand to bear, more active, and increasingly evident (Is. 59:19‐21, Ps. 84, Ps. 8:2).

Choose to delight yourself in the Lord rather than dwell in cares. Enter into praise and thanksgiving (Ps. 100:4) and allow His Presence to overflow your ‘cup’ (Ps. 23:5‐6). In doing so you become free to participate with, and regularly draw from, your miracle working Father in ALL circumstances of life and ministry (Is. 54:17). That you may no longer operate out of your flesh: striving to build up with one hand (according to your own vision and understanding) but messing things up with the other. But ‘earnestly seek’ the Presence of God made manifest in your soul and He will outpour in all you say and do; prospering all that you set your hand to (Deut. 30:9, Ps. 1:3).

1‐2‐3 steps to entering the Presence of God: (Phil. 4:6‐7 NKJV)
1. Praise Jesus for His Blood shed, in gratitude: “Be anxious for nothing”… 2. Seek His Presence manifest: “in everything by prayer and supplication,

with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” …
3. Experience His Presence: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all

understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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There are things in life that are completely out of your hands, completely out of your capacity to do anything about. Overwhelming issues of life and impossible tasks. Jesus is teaching you not to be anxious about them. He is raising you instead in the Love, Might, and Glory of God that you might intercede against them bringing the Kingdom of God to bear (Matt. 6:10). This is part of the Good News of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus; the Hand of God upon your life and His Hand being moved by the prayers of mere men (2 Cor. 10:4).

Gain the perspective of Heaven and no longer the perspective of this world (John 3:5‐8 AMPC). This world that has God reduced to the size of a thumbnail, and the possibility of intimacy so distant it is not even pursued. Dwell and gain the perspective of where you are now seated, as a son or daughter of the Living God (Eph. 2:6). Being personally raised in the Courts of God in the truth of the Gospel; that all things are possible, that the Father hears and listens intently to your prayers … and responds!

Choose to root yourself in the Love of God first, then pray. Choose to root yourself in the Love of God first, then go about life.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I believe but please help me in my unbelief. I really believe but struggle in the how, the when and the where. But I choose to hand you my life in order to abide in this Rest, as you have called me to. I choose to believe in you and remain here, even as the issues of life that come, I choose to remain. I choose to abide in the Vine and not be separate from you in any way or any form. I rest in the fact that you are Trustworthy and I give you the keys of my life. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #5: Freedom in Christ

“Faith is now!”

The fact that you can live intimate in the Holy Ghost is astounding. That you can live and be raised as a little child by the Living God, close and tender in the Holy Spirit. Aware of His Presence and His Voice in your soul rising up in you every day.

A few years ago, after a number of years of anguish and distress, I went to visit family for Christmas. At the Christmas meal, I was so raw in soul that I had to get up and leave, and I went for a walk. After a couple of hours, I found a tree to sit under and I turned my heart in the Lord.

The Lord shared something very special to me that day, “strengthen and simplify your life:” “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27). What was powerful for me was this: the love that God requires from us, or better said, what we require in order to function properly, is 100% in the Lord. The wording ‘all your heart, soul, strength and mind’ means just that ‐ there is nothing left over. All my loves, hopes, and fears are fully replaced and otherwise fully directed in Him. Knowing full well, however, that He will give me capacity and guide me in the very next thing, even the very next step.

What the Lord was showing me that day became my anchor point, it became a place of great release and strength. The Lord had me ponder this thought for a full year. With all my love daily placed in the Him, He was now free to manage all my ‘loves’, all my ‘hopes’, and all my ‘cares’; because I have finally released them all to Him. My love, set fully in the Lord, is replaced with His Love fully set in me, nothing withheld. In place of my love, He gives me His capacity to love, even as the Father Loves. And He personally takes full charge and manages, in every detail, the building and raising me in Himself (John 6:45). Guiding also, each step of life that I take, one moment at a time.

With my heart and my soul ‘simplified’, and completely decluttered, I entered into what I see now as the Rest and the Freedom of the Lord. Heaven began to open up so richly and increasingly every day. I, therefore,

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guard so intently now to always retain this; my ‘first love’ held in the Lord (Rev. 2:1‐5).

Freedom of soul: when your spirit is not free you cannot ‘attract’ the Spirit of God, you cannot be sensitive or be conscious of the Holy Ghost. When your spirit is not free you are unable to feel or be aware of the dynamic and active nature of the Spirit of God within you. When you pray, you can pray religiously emulating words of which you think you should pray that might bring results from the Father. However, the only thing that moves the Heart of the Father is prayer rooted in Faith (Rom. 8:26‐27).

You can pray but retain a worry as though you haven’t prayed at all. Be encouraged to ‘set your heart at rest in His Presence’ (1 John 3:19 NIV). For otherwise when you pray, who are you praying to? It is possible to pray with your heart and trust in a completely different place then to whom your mouth is speaking. Uttering prayers in the name of One that your heart is not abiding in. Gain, therefore, an attitude of prayer, abiding in the unbroken communion of the Lord.

A failure to ‘act’ faith nullifies your prayer. A believer resides in the Father and remains in Him, he does not yell out with requests from a ‘faraway land’ but prays from within the Father’s Presence. To ‘act’ faith is now; faith is in the present, rest is in the present, and trust is in the present. Dwelling NOW in the Presence of the Lord. Faith believes now, faith acts now, faith confesses now, and faith receives now. Faith is abiding in the One who is Faithful, whilst praying to the One with whom you are seated.

The Father’s desire is to co‐operate with you and to ‘lift the load’ together. To work together, sit together, eat together, share together, and dwell together. When your spirit is at Rest in the Lord you are free to co‐operate fully in the Lord. From the Presence of the Lord, where you dwell and are seated, you can pray and intercede for the needs that you see, and that are presented to you day by day. With an attitude of absolute trust, trust that Jesus is now working out the answer, that He is now fighting on your behalf. If your spirit is not free, when you pray to the Lord you are praying based in doubt (Jam. 1:5‐8 NLT).

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Be encouraged: faith doesn’t originate in you but originates in Christ Jesus. It is the faith of Jesus that God responds to. The quiet assurance and Voice in your soul that rises up generating a deep rest and confidence in the Lord. The Faith OF Jesus planted in you by the Spirit of God.

Galatians 3:22 (KJV):
1. Coming to “believe” in Christ Jesus (my faith).
2. I can receive the “Promise.”
3. And live by the “Faith OF Jesus Christ” (His Faith).

When you simply choose to love God, as a toddler loves and runs to His Papa, you abide in His arms and He shares continuously with you. He regularly comes and visits you and spends time with you. The ‘residue’ of His Grace and Love that follows is simply wonderful and irreplaceable. You can remain in His Presence all day long, and He shares of Himself in you, becoming who you are. Taking of what is His and making it yours (John 16:14‐15 AMPC). Blessed assurance … His Faith and Love powerfully remains in you, beating alive in your soul. Not of your own conjuring up, talent or mental prowess, but planted by the Holy Ghost of whom is rising up in you.

Until your heart be free of care, you are limited in your sensitivity and awareness of the Presence of God. You remain unable to draw liberally from the Power and Reserves of Heaven according to the measure that God has established for you. Another form of the ‘Reserves of Heaven’ would be the ‘Wells of Salvation’ (Is. 12:3). The Wells of Salvation are just that, a well to be drawn from. They are Waters that a little child in God can liberally go and draw from, day and night, at leisure. From within the place of his abode; in the Loving, Tender and Mighty arms of the Father. The key is in the going, it is in the attitude of appropriating what is yours, and not idly sitting by expecting Life to come to you.

The most powerful prayer that you can ever utter to the Lord is this: ‘thank you Jesus’. In a heart tender and in tears before the Lord as the Holy Spirit comes upon you once again.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I long to live in close relationship in the Lord. Please draw me closer, please guide my soul, my mind and my flesh. I rest

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my life into your Hands for I deeply desire your purposes in me fulfilled. Lord, I choose to abide in the Freedom of the Spirit so that I might be raised to live free and full of the Holy Ghost. I am so poor in spirit, in mind, of soul, and of flesh, but Lord you are so rich. Please bond‐tie us together. Thank you for fulfilling your Purposes in me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #6: Freedom in Christ

“Walking in the Spirit”

Everything in our Christian walk needs to be based and drawn from the Spirit and not from the flesh. Not man’s intellect, wisdom or strength (Zech. 4:6). We love the Lord and work to honour Him the best we know how; in our own strength, understanding, and doctrine (Prov. 3:5). But what the Father seeks is the Spirit of God within you rising up and doing His Work (John 14:10) honouring the Son through you (John 14:12‐14); with His Strength, Understanding, and Love.

The Power of God is of the Holy Spirit and not of our own flesh (John 6:63). Therefore, the path of the Spirit is the root of the Christian walk. If you truly wish to be successful, it is of great encouragement to develop a culture of earnestly seeking the Presence of God. To keep in step and remain walking in step with the Spirit of God (Gal. 5:16‐26), and the abundant and rich benefits it brings.

The Lord speaks to you when your heart is yearning to be close in Him. He leads you and helps you to be able to walk in step with Him as you live with a heart of invitation for Him. When you earnestly seek the Presence of the Lord upon your life, the Spirit of God, Himself, aligns your heart with that of the Father’s. HIS Love, His Faith, His Rest rises in you … and what are these, but the Fruits of the Spirit. Bearing more the likeness of Him and dwelling where He is, right here and now. Not just in word, doctrine or faith, but in manifest tangible realities that you can feel, taste and see.

Take regular time aside in the Lord. Meditate in His Word, praise Him in song, keep a pen and paper handy and invite Him to come visit you again. Bask in His Presence and behold a new measure of His Glory upon your life; ‘returning back’ with Him as you go about your daily life. Whether you’re a house mum, a student, a worker or in ministry, make greater place for Jesus to rise up in you and for the Spirit to glorify the Father through you. Allow for a greater participation of the Goodness of God to liberally flow into your life, your family and all you set your hands to.

There is a Rest in the Lord that is planted by the Spirit and nurtured by the Father, that remains even in the midst of the strongest of storms. It comes

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in the form of confidence. A deep confidence that is given, seeded in you by the Spirit of God of whom you seek and where of whom you reside. From this place of Rest and confidence, you can freely draw from the Love, Anointing, Power, Might, and Glory of God even to calm the very real storms of life ‐ with a word. This Rest is not from your own striving, but is planted within you by the Spirit of God of whose you are and within whom you choose to dwell day by day. This is the moral of the story of Jesus sleeping (at Rest) in the boat in the midst of a storm.

Scripture: (a ‘parable’ of Rest)
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:35‐41 NKJV)

The demon is vehemently opposed to you walking in the Freedom, the Power, and the fullness of the Spirit of God. For with your root set in the Lord, nothing can stand against you, for God is with you. And upon your mouth you have the Words of Life; to heal, to the raise the dead, to cast out demons, and calm storms. The Father desires to Anoint you in His Presence, to: set the captives free, to break every foul grip and stronghold of the Evil One.

Shy away from doubting the Lord, doubting His capacity, His Love or His Word. Faith is not about you, what it really is about is how big and how willing God is in your eyes. Doubt has its roots in looking at your own capacity and how the god of this age has reduced the Father down to a distant, impersonal, and indifferent God. That you are an abandoned child, an orphan, and God is a very distant reality. This is not the truth that the Gospel speaks of, but is the doctrine ‘spoken’ and insinuated by the spirit of religion; spoken in the culture of your mind or through the mouths of

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others. The moment you choose to believe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ you are connected with the One who is Faithful. Who’s voice do you choose to listen to? For it comes down to who you willing to believe.

Scripture:
When you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver [no hesitating, no doubting AMP] for a person with divided loyalty (split loves) is as unsettled as the waves of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided (‘root’) between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:5‐8 NLT)

There is a right way for those really difficult times or seasons that come upon us all. The issues of life that come with such anxiety, worry, fear, and distress. The most powerful weapon in the universe is in your capacity to praise the Name of Jesus, rather than ‘wail upon your bed’ (Hos. 7:14). The most powerful way to fight against the cares of this world coming upon you, is to start praising the Name of Jesus and seeking His Face in the closed cupboard (Matt. 6:6). Simply tell Him: “I love you Jesus”, “thank you Jesus”, “I want more of you Jesus”, “I need you Jesus”, “please Lord more of you and less of me”, “I long for you Lord, my heart cries out for the Living God”, “please come and manifest anew and afresh in me today.”

The greatest weapon against anything that you might face is praise and gratitude for the Blood that was shed for you. Christ Jesus rises up on your behalf, the walls of strongholds are broken down. Times of the wilderness are coming to an end and you find yourself crossing over and entering into the Promises of God prepared for you. Free to walk and participate in them all.

In choosing to come and praise Jesus from your heart you simply find sickness, stress and the worries start leaving as Jesus Himself comes upon you. With a heart of honest praise unto the Lord, Jesus Himself comes and brings you deep assurance in your soul that He is at work on your behalf. Though a battle may yet ensue, He places a mysterious Rest in your soul. A deep sense of confidence that He is working on it for you and is guiding you through. Praise is the most powerful gift in the universe for it breaks every stronghold, especially when mixed with fasting (Matt. 17:21).

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Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I deeply desire to live led by the Spirit of God not my flesh. Please forgive me for being so naturally inclined to the flesh, even though my soul longs for you. I choose to have faith in God alone, I choose to draw from the Spirit alone. Lord, I long to participate in the Spirit of God that you may pour out through my life. I, therefore, sink the root of my soul into the Spirit that you may burst through my life. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #7: Freedom in Christ

“To Live as Christ in the World”

To seek the Father as Jesus did, to love the Father with the same love and the same zeal as His own Son. You have the same opportunity as Christ Jesus to spend time in the Lord. The same opportunity to ‘go aside’ into the ‘lonely place’ and sit in the Presence of the Father, to be ministered to by Him and have the Glory of God come upon you.

You have the same capacity and opportunity of the deepest of intimacy in the Lord God as Christ Jesus. By the Blood shed for you, you have the same rights to the Love of God as His own Son. The same rights as a son to participate with the Father in the greatest of intimacy, tenderness, and confidence. This ‘parable’ of Jesus calming the waters (Mark 4:35‐41) is an active demonstration of one who believes and lives as Christ Jesus. One who has entered and abides in the Rest of the Lord; born a son or daughter of the Living God.

Scripture:

As Christ is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:16‐17 AMPC)

Jesus led the way so that you are able to abide in the Rest and the Anointing of the Lord, as He. Jesus dwelled in the Rest of the Lord and this same Rest allowed Him to sleep even in the midst of storms that He faced for His love, security, and care was in the Father (Ps. 91:9‐13). From this same place of Rest, He was equipped to speak over the circumstances of life and calm the storms. This is the same for you and I, for Jesus Himself ‘solemnly’ prophesied over the lives of all future disciples, that you will do even greater works than He, if only you believe (John 14:12‐14, Matt. 21:22).

Scripture:

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” (John 14:10 NIV) … I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father. And I will

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do whatever you ask in My name [as My representative], this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name [as My representative], I will do it. (John 14:12‐14 AMPC)

To enter the Rest of the Lord is to abide in the Love of God, free as a son or daughter of the Almighty. Dwelling and remaining in the Presence and Courts of God regardless of the circumstances of life, by choice and by rights. Dwelling in the Heart of the Father where the Spirit of God shares in you the secret things of His Heart. The Word of God ‘proceeding’ from the mouth of God into your soul, just as it was in Jesus’ life on earth.

The Temple, the Kingdom, the dwelling place of God is in the secret place of your heart. Retaining the Joy of the Lord allows you to draw from the ‘Wells of Salvation’ (Is. 12:3). Dwelling in the Love of God gives you access to the secret and hidden things of the Lord, of whom dwells within you (Prov. 20:5). Therefore, you must guard your heart for it is the ‘Well Spring of Life’ (Prov. 4:23), and with ‘insight’ you can draw from the ‘deep waters’ the ‘concealed’ matters of God (Prov. 25:2, 1 Cor. 2:7). These things of the heart, this dwelling place of the Lord, needs to be guarded and protected. What then do you need to guard yourself from but from the ‘cares’ of this life and from the demon that only wants to steal and keep the manifest Life and Promises of God from being fulfilled in you (Matt 13:22).

The written Word is telling you about the Promises of God concerning you. The ‘proceeding’ Word, His Voice, (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4) is the Father making manifest these written Promises in your spirit, in your soul, in your mind, and in your flesh.

A personal prayer; “Lord I pray and fast for the continual manifestation of the Presence and Love of God upon my life. Lord in my flesh I do not resemble Heaven at all. Lord, I need the tangible realities of the Spirit of God continually made manifest in me. I cannot function, nor do I desire to, without your Goodness resting upon my life, for only you make me resemble Heaven at all.”

“Lord I long for your Voice, the mystery and wonder of the Spirit resting upon my life and rising from within. I long for your ministering grace …

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thank you Holy Ghost. Lord, I cannot live or operate without your continual Presence ‘at work’ in me. If there is anything I choose to be anxious for is your Presence active, tangible, and manifest in my life for it is both needed and beautiful to behold. But I now realise that this is the way it is supposed to be, this is the ‘Pre‐Fall’ walking in the Lord that Christ has gained and achieved for us all.”

Pre‐Fall walking with the Father:

This is the way of the original Creation, this is the way of the Spirit: your roots in the Vine continually reaching in and continually drawing from the Branch (Is. 11). Continually receiving, drawing, and being transferred into you by the Lord God Almighty. Living in continual communion in Him is the way the Lord has created you from the ‘Beginning’, and it is His longing since the Fall. This is why He sent His Son to die on the Cross for you, so that you may be truly re‐joined in Him. He yearns for you to come to a point of yearning for Him, for ‘yearning’ is a hunger that continually reaches in for what God has established for you. Drawing nutrition like the roots of a plant, of which by natural ease, form the ‘leaves’ and ‘fruit’ of the Glory of God.

Scripture:

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:4‐8 NKJV)

Pray this small prayer, ‘Father, thank you for the capacity that I can live as Christ in the earth. Lord that I can walk in the same close relationship with you as Jesus walked. That I can live in open dialogue, walking and talking with you. Being raised in the Spirit of God. Please help me become as my Lord and Saviour, to live truly as a son of God; in spirit, in soul, in mind, and in deed. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #8: Freedom in Christ

“Jesus’ Life”

A question to ask; in the life of Jesus was the Presence and Person of God a remote and an intangible reality for Him, as He ministered in the world? Of course, it was highly tangible, continually active and dynamic. He lived acutely aware of the Presence of our Father at work in His life, and He saw Him, and heard His Voice, all the moments of His Life. Only at the time when the sin of the world was placed upon Him, and He cried out to the Father, ‘why have you forsaken me’? It was only at this time that His awareness of His Father’s Presence was absent.

Jesus lived in a continual awareness, dialogue, and communion with the Father. And because of what He HAS achieved for you on the Cross, you too are fully capable of just the same; as little babes in Christ (Matt. 18:3). The same Seed has been placed within you to grow into full maturity. For you are of the same Root, the same Stump of Jesse (Is. 11:1‐10), the same Vine (John 15), of the same Spirit, and born of the same Kingdom.

The only difference is the office of Jesus ‐ only He is the King, only He is the Saviour, only He is the Christ. However, He has made you, by rights, just like Him. You are a ‘New Creation’ in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17). You are born of the same Blood, you are born of the same Family, seated in the same Place (Eph. 2:6) and drawing from the same Source (tap‐root). And you are called by the Father to do as Jesus did, bearing in likeness the ‘image’ of His Son (2 Cor. 3:18).

Jesus even said that it is better that He goes (John 16:7), so that you might fulfil the full Purpose of God through the Spirit of God gifted you. Making you like Him in heritage, in faith, in nature, in deeds, and in communion in the Father. Jesus on earth lived in the ‘closest relationship with the Father’ (John 1:18 NIV). This same gift has been gifted you, and through the intimacy developed in the Presence of God, you can grow in the ‘deepest of relationship’ with the Father and come make Him ‘known’ in your world. For as ‘Christ is, so are you in the world’ (1 John 4:17). You are able to live in the deepest and the ‘intimate Presence of the Father’ and make Him known through the Father rising up in you (John 1:18 AMPC). Just as in the life of our Lord and our Saviour, Christ Jesus.

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It doesn’t matter where you are, what time it is or what is happening in your life, you are able to be with Jesus and spend time with Him. You know in the time of the Gospels people went miles into the wilderness to spend time with Jesus (Matt. 14:13‐21, Luke 9:10‐17). To sit at His feet, to hear His voice (John 10:27), and ‘to be with Him’ (Mark 3:14, John 17:24). It is what Jesus personally gives you, when you spend time with Him, that is most valuable.

Keep a watchful eye for the Lord (Hab. 2:1‐2): spend time with Jesus in the private place (Matt. 6:6), in praise, in meditating on His Word, and with a heart of waiting upon Him (Luke 12:37, Is. 40:31 NKJV). Expressing honest longing and yearning for Him to visit, whenever and however He wishes. Being content just to wait for Him to come visit you again, sharing (Luke 12:37), manifesting, and revealing of Himself to you once more (John 14:21). That you might be able to think and see, walk and talk, do and say even as Jesus. Even to His ‘full’ image and stature, for the building up of the Body of Christ (Eph. 4:12‐13 ESV).

Christ Jesus, as the ‘first Christian’, forged the way for you and I. He died for one primary reason to produce many seeds of Life, just like Himself (John 12:24), that you too may bear the likeness of Christ Jesus in heritage, nature and deed (2 Cor. 3:18, Col. 3:9‐10 GNB). Jesus is the first Seed (Rom. 8:29) of many brethren, and in this world, by the Blood of the Cross, you have the same capacity to live in the fullness of the Holy Ghost as He. For ‘as Jesus is so are you in the world’ (1 John 4:16‐17 AMPC). Let no demon or ‘angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14) steal this away from you.

Scripture:

What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. [Isa. 64:4; 65:17.] Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. (1 Cor. 2:9‐10 AMPC)

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The Freedom of Christ brings a sensitivity to the Spirit of God and to the Voice of God that is so precious and crucial in your walk. When you become ‘pregnant’ with God you deliver God! To enter the Rest of the Lord is not an idle thing, a life of inactivity or fruitlessness ‐ it is entirely the opposite. It is both liberating and very powerful (Is. 64:1‐4 AMPC). To enter the Rest of the Lord is to have your life greatly uplifted, enriched by the Love and Presence of the Father rising deeply from within you. A ‘pregnancy’ giving birth to the Goodness of God. Entering a freedom of soul that is not of this world, but is totally foreign and indescribable. And this freedom ushers in such a rich sensitivity to the Holy Ghost and an unlimited capacity to draw from Him. With a deep awareness of the Voice of God speaking into the secret places of your soul, you live life constantly renewed.

It’s one thing setting your love towards the Lord, it is another thing altogether experiencing the Love of God being outpoured upon your life. His Love rising tangibly like a Spring from the deep wells of your soul. It is one thing investing in praise unto the Lord, but another thing altogether being overwhelmed by the Spirit of God bubbling up praise from deep within your soul. It’s one thing becoming aware that you are seated with Christ in the Heavenly Realms, but it is another thing altogether when this becomes a reality for you here and now; in the way you think, feel, and walk. That regardless of the circumstances of life, you walk and talk from the perspective of where you are now seated.

As you experience for yourself the Fruits of the Spirit rising within your soul, you also begin to experience a greater confidence; the Faith and Boldness OF (Gal. 3:22 KJV) Christ Jesus. Spending time conscious in your spirit unto the Lord, you find yourself under the influence of the Holy Ghost. Spending time seeking the Presence of God, you find yourself overwhelmed and carried along by the Spirit of God (2 Pet. 1:21).

Scripture:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those

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days; And they shall prophesy. I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath. (Acts 2:17‐20 NKJV)

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please raise me to become deeply sensitive and acutely aware of your Presence upon my life. I know this right is mine, for as Jesus so am I in the world. Lord, please guide me in the Secret Place, Lord, as I turn aside from life and seek your Face, please come. I offer this invitation for you to visit me afresh and anew each day, as a root drive of my heart. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #9: Freedom in Christ

“The Deaf Dancer”

In the Kingdom believing is possessing, what you read in the Word is yours. But you need the Spirit’s help in order to possess the Word. Just reading and studying the Word alone is not enough. If the Spirit of God does not dominate your heart you cannot do what the Word says, you cannot possess it, nor can it blossom in your life. However, the Spirit and the Word are at work together in your life (John 4:24). Reverence to God’s Word is crucial, for the Spirit will be released to the degree that you yourself stand in reverence of His Word. However, to walk freely in signs and wonders (Heb. 2:4) one needs to be grounded and rooted in both the Spirit and the Word of God.

You cannot emulate love in the same way you cannot emulate faith, they are both issues of the heart. In order to tap into God, into the Trinity residing within, this is done through your heart personally turned and set upon the Love of God. Possessing the Word of God is an issue of the heart, the Word of God given rightful place in your heart ‘activates’ the Trinity of God dwelling in you. The ‘in faith’ statement that a believer confesses becomes a deeply tangible manifest reality! Emulating others fails you, doing only what other Christians do, or simply following Christian culture leads you only a very minor distance forward, if anything at all.

Scripture:

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things … 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father … 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in Him. (I John 2:20, 24, 27)

Imagine someone who is deaf observing a dancer who is moving to the sound of music. The deaf person becoming inspired gets up and endeavours to emulate the moves that he sees, but he cannot hear the music. Regardless of his natural talent, something is truly missing right? Yep, he can’t hear!

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The Lord desires to give ears that ‘hear’ and eyes that ‘see’ all the more (Matt. 11:15). What is valuable is hearing the Voice of God, developing an ever increasing sensitivity to His Spirit of whom by nature imparts. The ‘hearing’ is developed as you begin to live free in the Holy Ghost, as you begin to take full possession of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Practicing to go aside and wait upon the Lord, and from abiding within His Courts (Ps. 23:1‐3, Ps. 100:4) the Lord provides an ever‐deepening sensitivity and awareness of the Voice of God.

Sensitive ears come from going into the Secret Place (Ps. 91:1), the intimate places of the Lord. Here the Spirit of the Lord lifts you up as you wait upon the Lord. With a heart of gratitude and praise, meditating on His Word, and personally reach out to Him from deep within your soul, He shares and imparts of Himself; Living brick by Living brick. Therefore when you come to dance you dance to the intricacy of the music through ears that can ‘hear’ in your soul. Through ears that hear, and eyes that see, and not ‘deafly’ in emulation of others … lest you fall into a ditch that neither of you can see (Matt. 15:7‐9, 14, John 21:22).

Turn your heart, your heart’s awareness and ‘consciousness’ towards the Presence of God, He raises you in His Word. He teaches revealing to you both speak‐able and unspeakable things (John 3:12). Hidden things since the beginning of time (Matt. 13:35, Col. 1:26, 1 Cor. 2:7), the unsearchable things of God (Eph. 3:8, Rom. 11:33). The rising of the Spirit, the groaning (Rom. 8:26‐27) of the Holy Ghost within you, causes you to draw continually deeper into the heart and ministering grace of the Father. Standing, therefore, in the continual flow of the revelation of God.

Do you think you are operating in the fullness of God? I tell you what, the greatest that you and I can imagine together is but the faintest trickle compared to what the Lord desires to do in you and through you. Be encouraged …

Separate the ‘voices’: the voice of reason, the Voice of God, and the voice of Satan. The Voice of reason is your own constructed thought process. The Voice of God is founded in the Love and Life of God. The Voice of Satan is lustful, prideful, hateful, and accusative; for Satan has come to kill,

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steal and destroy. Just because a thought appears spontaneously in your mind, it is not from you, but either from the giver of Life or from the one that wishes to trap you unto Death.

Discarding a brother of the Lord (I have to raise this so please forgive me for the ‘severity’ of it): be so very cautious when you speak ill of someone of whom Christ died for. For you can restrict and deny the flow of the Holy Ghost in your own life and ministry (Matt. 7:1‐2, Luke 6:37‐38, Mark 4:23‐ 25). If in your great righteousness you honestly feel that with the wave of your hand you can operate so short of the Grace of Christ Jesus, how do you ever think that the wonders of God will ever be seen by your own hands, or will you flow in the revelation of Heaven? Even though you are one with great ‘knowledge’, what you really know is less than a drop of water compared to the vastness of the open oceans of God.

Religious ‘righteousness’ and pride grieves the Spirit of God and causes Him to remain at a distance. The same uncompassionate statements falls on those around you of whom the Grace of Christ is at work. The words of disdain, even from the mouths of leaders, gradually drive them out of the church. Christ died for them and the Spirit yearns to embrace and heal them. But right from within the Presence of God, believers break the Father’s Heart as the Cross and the Blood of His Son are trampled underfoot.

Sometimes it is more constructive just to keep your mouth closed. For from the tongue, words can spread as a destructive fire burning up all that you are striving to achieve (Jam. 3:6, 1 Cor. 3:15). A believer can honour the Father with one hand but deeply dishonour Him with the other. As the saying goes, “go preach the Gospel and if necessary, use words.” The actions that we preach can run severely contrary to our confession.

The ‘mind poo’ of your thought life defiles you (Matt. 15:18). It “must be holy (Heb. 12:14), so that He will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you” (Deut. 23:13‐14). As you go about your life and ministry it is the heart of the Father to protect you in every way (Ps. 121:5‐ 8). But the things that you tolerate in your thought life defile you (Matt. 15:16‐20).

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Deeply welcome the sanctifying nature of the Presence of God. Humble yourself, and in regular prayer and fasting seeking the Face of God, allowing Him to draw you very close. The Father desires to raise you and teach you Himself, for as the Scriptures say … “they will all be taught by God” (Is. 54:13 NKJV). He sanctifies you and instructs your soul by His very Grace and continual Presence.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please help me take possession of the Word of God. Lord, I believe in your Word, I receive the Gospel to heart. Please forgive me for my inability to walk in the fullness of it, but please make me capable. Lord, I invite you to sow your Word into my soul to make it who I am. Please impart yourself in me, of myself I cannot do this, I know this is true. Lord, I long for the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God to fill my soul. This I hunger for, please open my eyes and my ears to receive. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #10: Freedom in Christ

“A Sharp Instrument”

The Holy Ghost desires to raise you and I that we might have ‘teeth’, so that you don’t have to ‘gum’ at the issues of life that are presented you. An instrument with teeth through whom the Goodness and Glory of God might flow. The Holy Ghost wants to show you just how big God is. We think we believe God for His greatness but what we are really believing for is but a trickle, compared to what He desires and is capable to do, in and through you. Truly, no eye has seen, no ear has heard all that God has prepared, and ‘keeps ready’’, for those that LOVE HIM and ‘who hold Him in affectionate reverence’ (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC).

In the following Scripture, we have one of the most powerful prophets in all of history, uttering a prophetic word as an encouragement for all who eagerly wait upon their Lord. A ‘prayer’ from the mouth of the Lord spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘tabled’ before the Father, for all who eagerly seek the Lord (Is. 40:31 KJV, Ps. 27:14, Ps. 37:7‐9, Ps. 40:1‐3, Luke 12:37).

Scripture:

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence – As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil – to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did terrible things which we did not expect, You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence. For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:1‐4 AMPC)

The power that is in the culture of turning aside to wait upon the Lord. To seek Him out of pure longing and love for Him. That as a little child of the Lord God Almighty, you can seek His Face from the secret places of your soul, to ‘earnestly wait’ upon the Lord and see the Heavens opened for you. That the Father would ‘rend the heavens’ and His Presence would come down ‘showing Himself active on (your) behalf’.

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What are ‘cares’, but problems and desires rising up of varying intensity. Realise that the Holy Spirit is intent on raising you to become one that thinks, acts, and sees as Christ Jesus. From even the very same perspective as He, that you might become one of whom moves mountains (Mark 11:23). Through the same prophet Isaiah, God says that “I will help you,” … “behold, I will make you a new instrument ‘with teeth, to turn even the mighty mountains into chaff (Is. 41:13‐18). In the Gospels Jesus uses such wording concerning you such as; “assuredly” whoever believes can say to even ‘cares’, of the impossible size of mountains, “be lifted up and cast into the sea.” And He only continues in saying “therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:22‐24).

Let this picture be painted a little clearer; It is better to be filled with the Love of God than the cares of this world. For either, you have the Love of God bearing His ‘fruit’ in your life, or the cares, anxieties, and desires of this life forming their ‘fruit’ in your life. The cares of this life are cyclic and are perpetually reoccurring, but the Power of God is not in them at all! God listens intently, moves and responds to prayers rooted in FAITH, and not prayers of word alone.

With your heart set on cares of this world, there is a misalignment within your soul. For you are drawing from what your heart is set on (Matt. 6:21) – the world! The Power of God does not dwell in the world where your heart is set, so when you pray who are you praying to? For your heart is not set in the same place your mouth is professing. Realise that God is more aware of the ‘words’ in the secret places of your soul, than the actual words of your mouth (Luke 6:45, Mark 7:23, Matt. 5:28), for they are the truth of you

For God so loved the world that He gave His own Beloved Son (John 3:16). His Presence raises, within you, a deep love for the world. And it is a Love that is ready to die in order to bring the Life of Christ (Rev. 12:10‐11). Through this very same Love, God equips you with the Glory of Heaven, that Life may pour from you like a river. This liberal flow of the Power of God is based in the same Love of God that abides in you. By choice you can turn and set your heart, your love, and your hopes in Him; love to Love,

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hand in Hand. And subsequently be free to inquire of the Lord at any time to draw, with ease, from the Father for whatever you wish (John 15:7).

Praising Jesus in the private places of your heart, going aside and closing the door in simple praise and hope in Him. Hope for Him to come visit you, brings a shift in the spiritual realms concerning you, especially if it is mixed with fasting. Fasting is a spiritual form of communicating firm intent and desire, it expresses a humbling before the Lord (1 Kings 21:27‐29). I recommend this; if you are really hungry for the Lord than fast! The prayers of your heart expressed with fasting shifts something very deep in the Heavenly Realms. And the Lord comes and says concerning you; “since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Dan. 10).

Scripture:

“For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. “Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them; You shall rejoice in the LORD, And glory in the Holy One of Israel. “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water.” (Isaiah 41:13‐19 NKJV)

God is interested in making something of you, the purpose of the Father is to raise you up to do ‘mighty exploits’ in the Lord (Dan. 11:32 NKJV). What are cares and worries, but ‘psychological warfare’ of the Enemy to keep your attention fix and struggling in your flesh, and not on the Lord and what He has ‘prepared’ and ‘keeps ready’ for you, here and now. It is time, as a soldier of the Living God (2 Tim. 2:4), to stand up and within the Presence of the Lord and speak against the Enemy and the ‘anxiety’ that he brings. Regardless of how very real the storms that come upon you … it’s just a storm … Calm it! … through the Resurrection Power of Jesus

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within you. Rise up now (Rom. 8:19) it’s time to go on the offensive. Go out into your world and set the captives free, the oppressed, the sick and the lost, from the grip of the Enemy, in Jesus Name! … starting within your own soul (Acts 10:38).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please take me by your Hand and lead me in the things of Heaven, of the Kingdom of God. Lord, I raise my hands to you, please pick me up. Please carry me into the precious things of God. Please shape me, please raise me as a Father, please fashion me by you own hands. Mould me, shape me to be able to carry your Glory. Please abide in me, in the Glory of your Presence that you might do mighty works in and through me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #11: Temple of God

“The Temple of God”

Opening Scriptures:
1. “HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (Psalm 91:1 AMPC)
2. “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (Psalm 8:2 NIV)

I would like to paint a picture here, a ‘parable’ that helps express the value of seeking the manifest Presence of God. Becoming one acquainted and known within the Courts of God, and instigate a meeting in the Lord. You a mere man, a dot in the universe, can meet with the Creator whenever you like, how much you like and as often as you like; according to your own hunger and desire.

Visualise for yourself the Temple of God, the ancient Temple of Solomon of which was modelled after that which is in Heaven (Heb. 8:5). Picture for yourself the Outer Court, the Inner Court (with the Alter), the Holy Place and then the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy Place). Bring this visual Temple ‘replica’ into the New Testament under Christ, this is the realm of which you now have full access to and can remain in, dwell in and enter anytime you like. Not the physical Temple copy (a ‘shadow’) but the original one of which is in Heaven.

1. INNER COURT; one born and made spotless by the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ has full rights to enter into the Inner Courts of Heaven ANY time and under ANY circumstance of life (Is. 44:22, Acts 3:19, Col. 1:22).

2. THE ALTER; out of simple child‐like love and earnest longing of heart for your Father. A longing for more of the Spirit of God tangible, active and made manifest in your life (John 3:30), you have the capacity to lay down on the Alter of God ALL guilt of sin.

In preference for the Presence of the Lord of Glory, choosing to lay down all cares, fears, doubts, loves, and hopes on the Alter of the Lord (Phil. 4:6‐

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8, Ps. 37:1‐9). Handing to the Lord all the ‘burdens’ (Matt. 11:28) that are both inside and outside your ability to manage. And by choice entrusting all the deep prayers and dreams of your heart. Prayers for loved ones, prayers for healing, all requests and petitions on the ‘Alter of God’, and in faith and trust giving Jesus FULL charge and rights over them.

After spending time at the Alter and leaving all things there, proceeding then into the Holy Place as a little child, a babe before the Father (Matt. 18:3). With praise on your lips and worship from the depths of your soul (Ps. 8:2, Matt. 21:16), carrying nothing but ‘naked’ unto the Lord.

3. HOLY PLACE; entering into the Holy Place just as you are, washed clean by the Blood of the Lamb. Empty and clear of all cares and responsibilities (laid on the Alter). And out of pure love, your heart set as flint (Is. 50:7) in the Lord (Luke 10:27, Ps. 91:14‐16) ‐ your ‘first love’ (Rev. 2:4), seek and invite His active Presence manifest upon your life. With praise and thanksgiving (Ps. 100:4) ‘delighting yourself’ in the Lord (Ps. 37:4), entering the Courts of God and patiently waiting (Ps. 37:7, Is. 40:31 NKJV) upon Him. And then something truly wonderful happens, yet again …

4. HOLY OF HOLIES; the Presence of God, the Spirit of God, Christ Jesus Himself comes personally upon you. He meets with you, His Love washes over you and ministers deep into your soul (Luke 12:37). The Spirit ministers into your life taking from the Lord and giving to you. Taking of what is His and making it yours (John 16:14‐15 AMP, Ps. 32:8, Is. 50:4).

The Spirit of the Living God takes you by His Hand (Is. 41:14) and leads you right into the Holy of Holies once again. He dresses you in such high standing in the Presence of the Lord (Zach. 3:1‐5). He Anoints you with His Presence and you experience the opening of Gifts, and the revealed Promises of God made alive in you. In His Presence, His Voice flows like a river; eyes opened to both the new and the old. It is a deeply humbling, enriching, and truly breathless experience.

I write about this because the level of which God wishes to participate in your life is far beyond all that anyone can think or imagine. What we have now is pale compared to what He desires to lead us into. He has a Fire to bring and it’s up to us to welcome the ‘kindling’ nature of the Spirit (Luke

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12:49, Is. 40:30). Don’t we need God actively and dynamically at work in and through us, as the Father was in the Life of Jesus? Doesn’t our world need help? Doesn’t our world need the outpouring Spirit of God? His Love, His Grace and His mighty healing Presence?

As Jesus walked the streets with the Anointing and leading of the Holy Ghost upon His life, so too can you and I. “Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Evil One because God was with Him”(Acts 10:38). This sets the stage for us too, don’t we want God with us? If we truly want God with us we need to go to Him first, just like Jesus always did. Though He is the Son, He needed to seek the Presence of the Father, to ‘hear His Voice’ and ‘see His form’ (John 5:37). And by His living actions, He showed us how we too can seek the Father, to walk and have His Glory come upon us just as He.

If I really want Jesus ‘with me’ I need to go to Him. My favourite ‘pastime’ now is going aside in the Lord for a day or more, I really look forward to it, when I can. Fasting and seeking His Face, expressing earnest intent waiting for the Lord (with no distractions but for some worship music, the Bible, and a notepad). When I ‘return back’ His Presence is magnified upon me, it’s wonderful. His tangible Presence has an overwhelming influence over my life and affects all that I think, the way I feel, what I say and how I see.

Nowadays I am no longer frustrated when someone is late for a meeting. I am not disappointed if the plane is late or there is some kind of delay. For it is a great opportunity in the busy‐ness of life to turn my heart towards the Lord, and experience Him come as though I never left His Courts. Even as I go about my day I can turn my heart, my heart’s ‘consciousness’ toward the Lord and He is tangibly right there in an instant.

I now know that I have only just begun to scratch the surface of what He desires to bring to each believer. How much He longs to pour out from His Spirit richly into our lives, to bring the Goodness of God into our world. The Love, Grace and Might of the Lord. I pray that this ‘picture’ is an encouragement for you to value seeking the Presence of the Father more, the Presence of God manifest and His works evident, active in, and through your life, in ever‐increasing measure.

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Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please lead me into your Holy Place. Lord, in my weakness I turn to the Lord. I lay down all my strengths, capacity, and knowledge down, for in your Presence they are meaningless. Please lead me in the Holy of Holies, this place of the Anointing of the Lord, please minister into my spirit, my soul, my mind, and my flesh. I fully recognise I am a mere mortal man, a sinner, but allow me to participate in this that Christ Jesus was crucified to bring me into. Please forgive my foolish pride, take me by my hand, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #12: Temple of God

“The Cleft of the Rock”

Man is not designed to live outside the Love of God, but to abide in the fullness of Him; His Love. Before the Fall of man, Adam dwelled in the Love of God, and drew from His Goodness, living under His protection, guidance, and healing Presence. But in the end, he chose to listen to the voice of the Evil One over that of the Father’s. However, in Christ, we now can choose to draw from the fullness of God as was per prior to the Fall. For as believers we are no longer ancestrally linked to Adam but can decisively shift our ways unto the ‘new Adam’, that is Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 15:45).

Two Scriptures:
1. The LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.” (Ex. 33:20‐23) 2. “Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” (I Kings 19:11‐12)

Abiding in the Love of God, is the ‘Cleft of the Rock’ for you today. The place of the ‘covering’ of the Lord (Ps. 91:1) and where you can carry an increasing measure of the Glory of God upon your life (2 Cor. 3:18). Abide in the Love of God … Rest in the Love of God … be secure in the Love of God … and draw from the Love of God. The Love of God IS the fullness of Him. You are able to go to Him with your love and draw from His Love at all times (ie; the fullness of Him). As Jesus expressed His full love by gladly laying down His life for you (Heb. 12:2), learning to fully lay down your life allows you to fully bond in Him. The more complete that you lay down your life (Luke 17:33), the more ‘naked’ you are before the Lord, the more the Father is free to actively participate in your life; right here and now.

In the previous chapter, I endeavoured to express a practical picture of approaching the Father in deeper ways. To live in experience of being

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‘clothed’ and adorned in the Presence of the Lord, as He shows you His Salvation (Ps. 91:16). Being ‘dressed’ in the full Armour of God (Eph. 6:10‐ 18), by His own Hand, to do life well; your family life, your work life, and your ministry life. Not of your flesh at all, but free and full of the Spirit of God; in His Wisdom and Understanding, His Counsel and Might. Bearing in likeness (1 Cor. 15:49) the Branch of whom you choose to reside; being joined and made one in Him (John 17:21 KJV).

Scripture:

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:1‐2 NKJV)

In the old way, people travelled for days to visit the Temple of God, to enter His Presence (except the Holy of Holies). This is a similar path for us but in a spiritual form. In going‐aside ‘physically’ (previous chapter); this paves the way for a deepening communion in the Lord as you go about life. A communion that allows you to draw so freely from Him, turning your heart consciousness towards Him, and in an instant experiencing His Presence and Anointing upon your life, even from right in the midst of chaos (storms). Your spirit‐man communicating in the Lord at the same time that your mouth is communicating with a person of whom is right in front of you.

It is your ‘first love’ (Rev. 2:1‐5) that truly allows you to bond with the Love of God, and this is found and developed in the quiet place. The Father’s Love is powerful! … of yourself you can do nothing … BUT … nothing is impossible for God! Be encouraged … your love is a very precious thing, destined for your loved ones, and even for the care of your own life. However, the Father, who is Love, is humbly asking you to trust Him with your first love. To give all your love fully over to Him, that He might be free to fully participate in your life; His consciousness fully fixed and intent upon you (Gen. 15:1).

There is a very still Voice; a gentle, guiding Voice, that you can go seek in the quiet place. This ‘Voice’ however becomes ‘louder’ and builds you up as you earnestly seek the Lord in ‘spirit’ (John 4:24); from the secret place

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of your soul. He dresses you in His very Presence, in the ministering of His quiet Voice. His Voice is deeply worth waiting for (Satan’s voice on the other hand is loud, oppressive, and lustful).

So as in the ‘physical’ pilgrimage story of approaching the Temple of God, there becomes a ‘spiritual’ story of approaching the Father, of whom has placed His Temple within you. As you ‘train’ your flesh to go aside in the Lord regardless of the happenings of life presented you: regardless of your current success or failure in ministry, regardless of the issues of life presented you each day. You can develop a deepening ease of going into the Secret Place of the Lord and draw from Him wherever you are, and at any time. The Love of God is the ‘Cleft of the Rock’ where He shows you His Glory; His Glory that heals, builds up and protects. In tenderness unto the Lord (as a little child), bringing His Hand to bear in whatever you face.

Finishing Scriptures:
1. “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. The glory of the LORD shall be revealed” (Is. 40:3, 5 NKJV)
2. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matt. 3:11 NKJV) 3. “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49 NKJV)
4. “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.” (Acts 2:3 NKJV)
5. “He … who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works … Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” (Rev. 2:1‐5)

Through your first love is how your churches’ Lampstand is placed in the realm where Jesus walks, the place where the Spirit moves. His Love is powerful! Be encouraged: Jesus yearns to personally walk among you and your congregation, however, He is deeply drawn to the ‘first love’ of His people. Make greater place for the Love of God to come upon you, this choice is within your own hands. The more that you bond and abide in His

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Love, the more that He bursts forth from your life. Even for Jesus to walk physically among you, and the Spirit of God manifest, being outpoured within your midst.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I choose to go into the Cleft of the Rock, into the covering of the Lord. Here I desire to abide. Of my flesh I am nothing, but of the Spirit you have made me something. Lord, I wish to enter deeper into the things of the Spirit, Lord, even into the deepest place of the Father. Lord, to live my life continually hearing your still small Voice, recognising the Voice that brings me unto Life. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #13: To be with Him

“Love vs. Works”

It doesn’t matter what is wrong with you,
it matters what is right with you, and His name is Jesus!

Unconventional means: just as in the miracle Virgin Birth, your faith is based on unconventional means. You Salvation is a ‘miracle birth’, ie; of the Spirit and not of the flesh. Your salvation in the Lord is never based on the flesh; your efforts, your works or your alignment to law, but purely on the Love and Mercy of our Lord and Saviour. This is always your place of security and identity, and not ever your own assumed capacity. Trample not the Blood spilt for you but through the Spirit of God root yourself ever more intimate in the Love of God. For from here, the Spirit gifts you in capacity to grow abundantly in His Salvation‐Life. Even unto the full likeness and image of the Son. Immanuel … truly God is with us!

Scripture:
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all these saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:17‐19 NKJV)

God IS Love and love by nature is inherently intimate. Love is never based on law or works (Rev. 2:2‐5), love is not needing to prove yourself in order to be accepted. Love is based on intimacy, acceptance and encouragement. Your Heavenly Father is a jealous God ‐ His very Name is ‘Jealous’ (Ex. 34:14). Jealousy is based on both love and affection, and experience of betrayal, ie; man’s adulterous heart that is set on another. The ‘another’, in this case, is the Opposer’s voice and man’s tendency to quickly lean to his lures, oppression, and suggestions over that of the Father.

This Opposer’s ‘voice’ places a weight on your shoulders that you are incapable of carrying. He would have you proving yourself before God and man, in order to find acceptance. But the Blood shed for you proves God’s Love and acceptance (John 3:16). He has accepted you and embraces you

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as a son, just as you are: sin, warts, and all. The sin of your life is washed clean by the Blood of His Son (Heb. 12:2) of whom was nailed on the Cross, cursed, so that you might be released from the curse; from Satan’s hold.

Works, sacrifice, and law have no place in Love. Love has been made perfect in you (1 John 4:17) and is not based on proof of certain ‘works’ or certain ‘law’. No, it is based purely on the Love of your Saviour and the Father of whom gave Him up for your sake. As a believer you are now a precious living tree; the ‘Planting of the Lord’ (Ps. 92:13, Is. 61:3, Is. 41:19).

The Law is there to express the righteous standards of God. But the Gospel says that you cannot achieve the Law, and the more Law the more ‘sin abounds’, ie; your short fallings become even more evident (Rom. 5:20). Endeavouring to prove yourself through obedience to the Law and unto Works is opposite to faith in what Christ Jesus has achieved for you. Understand that believing and accepting (receiving) His Salvation, has made you guilt‐and‐accusation‐FREE, and by His Love He has ‘grafted’ you into the Branch of God just as you are (Rom. 11:17).

As a living ‘tree’, your singular ‘root’ cause now is bonding in the Vine; that you might grow and become fruitful. Digging ever deeper into the Love of God, in order to ‘abide’ and ‘remain’ drawing from His Him (John 15:9). From this place of being rooted (Eph. 3:17‐19) in the Love of God, He ‘writes’ into your soul the Living Word of the God (Is. 54:13, Heb. 8:11, 1 John 2:27). Transferring of Himself day by day and, by His Spirit, He rises up in you, inspiring and bearing His Works and Fruit liberally and abundantly in you.

With your love set in the Love of God, He guides you in ALL things pertaining to Life (2 Pet. 1:3): 1. Jesus is the Lamb of who’s Blood shed for you, gives you, the ‘believer’, full rights in Heaven. 2. The Spirit of God is as a ‘bridge’ to the Father, a ‘nanny’, ‘the Helper’, imparting the ways and nature of the Kingdom within you. 3. And God’s affection for you is as a Father for His beloved lost son or daughter; with arms opened wide (Luke 15:11‐32).

In your flesh, you cannot achieve the righteousness standards (Heb. 12:14, Matt. 5:48) that your Heavenly Father seeks, regardless of the rights Christ

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has achieved for you. You cannot produce the Fruits nor the Works that represent Heaven, nor are you humanly capable of following the Law or all the commands of the Kingdom of God. No, of your flesh you can do NOTHING! And you will bust things if you insist. But bonding with the Love, and drawing from the Spirit of God, He forms all these things abundant and liberally in you – without your striving. Naturally forming the branches, leaves and the fruits of God in and out of season; as a tree planted by a stream (Jer. 17:8, Ez. 47:12, Is. 58:11, Ps. 1:3, Matt. 21:18‐22).

The Blood shed for you has given you right standing as a son or daughter of the Living God. The Blood of Christ Jesus has given you full access into the Courts of Heaven; welcomed as family, regardless of past sin. The righteousness of God is made mature in you by your love ‘remaining’ in Him. Your love, your roots, daily drawing and set in the Vine; in a continual yearning unto the Lord. As a young sapling of the Lord, you are a treasured ‘planting’ in the Garden of God. Though you may be just a young shoot with a few leaves, or otherwise an old dry branch of who’s life is renewed; you are loved and nurtured by the Father and the angels of God (John 15:1, Ps. 91:11).

To think that you must prove yourself in your own flesh is to turn your ‘tree’ upside down. It is to retrieve your faith back to your own flesh. The Opposer’s voice would point to your branches in the eyes of everyone and say “where is your fruit?” He would cause you to be daunted by all the ‘laws’, all the ‘fruits’, and all the ‘commands’ expressed in the Word of God. A weight being loaded on your shoulders that neither you “nor your ancestors could carry” (Acts 15:10, Matt. 11:28‐30). But you must realise that the Word of God paints what the Kingdom of God is like but it does not give you capacity to walk in it. It is only by the Spirit and Grace of God that He increasingly gives you the capacity to bear the likeness of the Son and that of the Father.

To place the tree upside down is to feel that you have to achieve the Laws and the Commands of the Gospel before you can truly be accepted. That you have to have the branches with all their intricacies of works and righteousness in place before you can truly have right standing before the Father. Realise that you HAVE been made Alive in Christ, you are a New Creation in Him (1 Cor. 5:17), so, therefore, Life HAS struck root in you.

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Choosing day by day to ‘remain’ in the Vine, the Spirit of God will naturally cause growth and bear His Fruits in you in abundance.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please continue your unconventional work in me. Please work in me as you see fit. I love your purpose and your intentions for me as a son of God, therefore, I fully yield myself in you. You are truly trustworthy and true; you who is Life, you who is Love. What other place is there for me. I wish to be a planting of the Lord, I know you will give me what I need to sustain me and cause me to flourish wherever I am. Please draw me dearly close in you, In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #14: To be with Him

“Love vs. Works” (cont.)

Scripture:

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4 AMPC)

You are not called to focus on your branches but on your roots. This is why some believers spring up tall and broad‐limbed in their own eyes, or that of their peers, but fail to nurture or build deep intimacy in the Father. Their strength has been matured in their own works and doctrine, but not in the Spirit of God. Perhaps broad rooted but not deep rooted; their tap‐ root remaining dormant and shallow. When a storm of life comes along the tree falls over (eg: a minister or believer ‘falls’) because its root structure has not been established in the Love and Might of the Lord God (Matt. 13:20‐22).

Paul speaks of dressing in the full armour of God (Eph. 6:10‐18), but most Christians don’t really know how to do this, or what it really means. I encourage you that as you privately come to bask in the Presence of the Lord, and experience Him, you will only rightly yearn for more of His Presence. Your regular meeting with the Lord of Glory, and experiencing the sharing of His Spirit into your spirit; His Presence coming upon your life. As the Voice of the Father rises up within you, and you become more acquainted in the Courts of God, you also become more aware of the increasing quality of the Armour of which you now wear.

There are ‘flaming arrows’ that come of a size and a strength that thin armour simply does not defend (Luke 22:31, John 12:6). For example, pride or retained ‘cherished sin’ (Ps. 66:18) leaves a hole or a thinning of your shield. This lack of depth in your root leaves you wanting when the Enemy comes, and he DOES come! The answer is to remain ready rather than trying to get ready (Matt. 17:21), so you can stand in the Strength of the Lord and wield the Sword of the Spirit. Even going on the offensive against the schemes of the Evil One.

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There is a holiness (Matt. 5:48) demanded by the Gospel message that is not in the slightest bit achievable in your own strength. As the Blood gives you right standing before God, the Spirit gives you the capacity to walk in the fullness of which the Father seeks. The Blood makes you righteous before the Father but the Spirit sanctifies; and “without holiness, no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). Another word for ‘holiness’ is maturity in nature and in the character OF the Father. As your heart yearns to be closer in Him, His sheer tangible Presence, His Love that comes upon you, erases even the dross of the nature of sin and death. Bringing you into the fullness of God, and the full image of His Son; set apart in the Lord.

As a believer of our Lord Jesus Christ, God has accepted you; sin, warts, and all. Even though sin has no place in the Kingdom of God, you are still made accepted, and welcomed, just as you are (Grace)! It is in your love for God reaching out in the Love of God, that the Spirit of God is free to work in you; changing how you think, walk, and feel. To be conned into a ‘show’ of righteousness, has your tree upside down. To feel that you have to get the thousands of commands right first, is to deny the Blood shed for you, as you strive in your flesh to achieve right standing with God and man (Luke 18:11‐13). This is the basis of religion, religious practices, and religious fatal pride. As the Scriptures say, “we are not under Law but under Grace”, not a striving of ‘works’, but a striving deeper into the intimate Love of God; of whom rises up in you and does His Work to the honour of the Father(1 Cor. 13).

It is only through the Spirit of God that the Fruits OF the Spirit are produced, of your own flesh you cannot produce them. Nor can you, of your own flesh, form the intricate branches and twigs of the commands of the Son. The flesh profits man nothing it is the Spirit of whom produces Life (John 6:63). Your heart rightly directed and drawing from the Love and Spirit of God ‐ He does the work! His Grace resting on your life, His Love rising up within you, and His Glory overshadowing your life; He develops the Righteousness and Fruit that the Father seeks. Our flesh accomplishes absolutely nothing compared to the holiness that the Gospel expresses. Our knowledge, achievements, and righteousness are likened to that of a ‘worm’, but as the Spirit says; ‘I will help you’, ‘I will take you by your right hand’, ‘I will make you into a sharp instrument’ (Is. 41:13‐19). The Lord

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Himself will fashion you into His full purpose and vision concerning you, lifting you up in high standing in Him.

Scripture:

This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Gal. 3:2‐3 NKJV)

You have been grafted into the family of Abraham. As a ‘son of Jacob’ the Father will take you by your right hand and help you, clothing you in the Righteousness and Might of God; in all your deeds, in all you set your hands to, and in all that you think and say. The only prerequisite is that you ‘remain’ in Him; love to Love, yearning to Yearning. Your love set toward the Lord and not the love of this world, your love set in the Father and not the lures or condemnation of the Opposer.

Satan is the most cunning of all the creatures of the earth. He first showed his ugly head by twisting the very words of God in order to con and subdue man. He remains a powerful influence on this earth, and mankind is used to hearing his voice. But it is the Father’s Voice that you need to yearn for and learn to be accustomed to hearing. It is the Voice of the Father that your roots need to strive for, and as a ‘priority’ word of the Gospel we need to hunger for the Voice of God more than our bread or daily needs (Matt. 4:4). With a prayerful heart; “Lord give me my ‘Daily Bread’ (Matt. 6:11), this spiritual Manna that only comes from the mouth of God.”

If Satan realised that murdering the Son of God would be his own demise, he “would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8). Satan has the Word of God in his reading as well, but he does not have the Voice of God to reveal or impart capacity to understand it, or make it alive.

Satan lost and Jesus won! The demon always makes mistakes but the Lord God never does. You are therefore able to treat everything that comes against you as a ‘setup’ for the demon to lose! The Spirit of God raises a standard on your behalf (Is. 59:19). Through the Blood of the Cross and the Spirit of God gifted you, you can pull down everything that sets itself up against the Goodness of God (2 Cor. 10:4‐5) and proclaim Life! With your roots nourished by the Voice of God that feeds your soul, you grow

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exponentially as the ‘Planting of the Lord’. Strengthened and matured to be a shelter for the weak and the lost, with sustenance to feed the hungry, seed to bring the same Gift of Life, and hands to heal.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I long to abide in you, I long to dwell united in the Lord. However, I don’t know how. Please lead me every day that I may grow bonded, one in the Lord of Glory. Please draw my roots into you, of my flesh I don’t know how this is done, but I pray every day welcoming the Gardener of my soul. I wish not to be a ground full of weeds but the planting of the Lord, I wish to be fruitful even though I don’t know how. Please plant me in the Good Soil and cause me to flourish, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #15: To be with Him

“A Heart of Invitation”

Scripture:

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the Evil One. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matt. 6:9‐13 NKJV)

A question; do you think that the Lord’s Prayer is still relevant today? For the Kingdom of God has come, it’s now here on earth, this prayer is no longer relevant right? Yes, of course, it is absolutely relevant. What I would like to raise here is the value and importance of developing a heart of invitation, a heart longing for the Lord as expressed here in the ‘Lord’s Prayer’. This is a most powerful and precious spiritual principle for the equipping of the person of God (Eph 6:10‐18).

You are the Gateway for the Kingdom of God in your world. Interceding to draw and invite more of your Lord Jesus, more of the Spirit of God manifest upon your life and in your world, is the way of the Kingdom. Not only seeking to go to Heaven, no, but that Heaven may come upon you and your world. Inviting and honestly yearning for a greater and increased measure of the Person and Anointing of God is a most precious pursuit (John 3:34, Matt. 13:12, Eph. 4:13). This is a great blessing to you and those within the sphere of your influence. The Person of Jesus manifest and the Presence of the Spirit of God gifted you, abundantly bears the Might and Knowledge of God within you (Is. 11:2). Realise that “all creation is waiting eagerly for God to reveal who His children really are” (Rom. 8:19) … this is you!

The Lord’s Prayer is an ‘invitational’ prayer: prayerfully longing and welcoming an increased involvement, a greater experience and interaction of the Father. A heart of welcoming a greater measure of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the purposes of God realised in your world (John 7:37‐39, Rev. 21:6, Acts 2:17). What does the Kingdom of God mean to you? Is it not the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in Lordship, in

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authority and in rule with His angels in Heaven? So when Jesus says “the Kingdom of God is within you”; is it not the Godhead, the Trinity, dwelling within you in His Authority, His Glory, and His Might (Luke 17:20‐21). It is the same Glory of God within you as Jesus knew and walked in, it is the same Glory that raised Him from the dead. Your prayer can become the same as Paul’s: “All I want is to know Jesus and know the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:7‐11).

The ‘Lord’s Prayer’:

1. The Lord’s Prayer is your personal ‘daily prayer’ of invitation for the Kingdom come, ie: “more Lord, more of you, please come and increase in my life. Lord, less of me and more of you” (John 3:30).
2. The very next line of this Prayer is a similar form of invitation; “Lord, may your Will be done in my life, in my world, as it is in Heaven. Lord, you do not have sickness in Heaven, no poverty, no depression; please bring these realities in my life and my world. I welcome you, please come, let your Perfect Will be done.”

3. The Prayer continues, “Lord, please give me my ‘Daily Bread’, the Word of God that comes daily from your mouth into my soul. I hunger for the Word that ‘proceeds’ from your mouth more than my daily bread.”

The most common thought today, is that my “Daily Bread” mentioned here, is my daily food or daily provision. But let’s address this: the Gospel message has been in preparation in Heaven since before the foundation of the world, and its purpose is to bring the Life of God unto man, to join man in God. Do you honestly think that food for the stomach is central to the prayer of the Father? No, food for the stomach is simply a blessing of the Gospel, but the central ‘food’ for the human condition is the Word that flows from the mouth of God.

In whatever trauma of life you are going through the Presence of Jesus can come so mightily upon your life. What is important however is how you cultivate, nurture, and retain your tenderness and personal relationship with the Lord in both the good and the bad times (Jam. 1:2‐4). Even in moments when all seems lost, all is against you, and seriously impossible circumstances arise – the Lord comes and places a new song in your heart (Ps. 40:3). The Spirit of God rises up mightily with a new prayer deep in

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your soul (Rom. 8:26‐27), and you come to see and enjoy His Hand at work once again … now this is fun!

Scripture:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matt. 6:33 NKJV)

How you yearn for the Person of God in your private place is how you come to see Him and know Him in your public life. How you meet with Him in the secret place is how you see Him when the impossible issues of life come. Impossible situations that will arise; in your own life, in someone dear to you, or someone whom you know of. So a question to ask yourself is, where are you truly rooted? Where is your soul established? With your spare time, do you ever make time to meet with the Lord your God? Giving place to the Father to raise you up like He did king David, while he was still just a ‘ruddy’ boy. You will then face the ‘Goliaths’ of your life ready with the Spirit of Might of whom you abide in, and not cowering behind a bush asking, ‘where is God?’

“Ask Jesus out for a ‘Date’”

Your walk in the Lord is a relationship, this is known, but what are you doing to nurture this relationship? Have you ever asked the Jesus ‘out for a date’? Have you ever asked the Father or the Holy Spirit to come and spend some time together with you? To hang out together, share with each other, and eat together (Rev. 3:20)? Have you ever made a purposed space, a place of time, to just wait on the Lord to visit you in Person (even regularly)? Does the Father honestly feel welcomed or respected by you at all? Does your life reflect a heart of invitation, or are you just happy with your doctrine, knowledge, and opinion God?

Think of the relationship of a boy and a girl, or that of a husband and a wife, can you imagine a relationship that was only based on letters written and the occasional phone call? Do you not realise that this is how many believers live out their Christian lives? Reading the Bible (letters) with the occasional prayer (phone call); did Christ die so brutally on the Cross so that you can have a distant relationship with Him? Be encouraged to shift your thinking and connect deeper in the Love of God. There are times

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when we are busy, sure, but there are times when you truly meet with the Lord.

You can’t think of your relationship with the Almighty God as you do your TV. Sitting there flicking through channels in demand for something stimulating, right now! You can’t treat your walk with the Father as you do the McDonalds Drive Thru, whilst at the same angry cause it didn’t come out in 30 seconds. This relationship walk in the Father is much deeper, much broader, and deserving of much more honour and respect. He is not interested in instant food, or instant gratification, nor will He jump through hoops for a spoiled brat. No, this is a serious walk, with seriously special outcomes. He desires to lift you up into the Heavens, to be with Him, and dress you in fine Heavenly apparel; Gifted and Anointed of the Holy Ghost. Known by those standing with Him in the Courts of God (Zech. 3). So come to deeply respect the Lord, He is not just knowledge, come and pause your life and sit and wait for Him.

Realise the magnitude of which God desires to pour out the Holy Spirit in and through your life (Joel 2:28). It is far beyond your comprehension or ability to imagine (1 Cor. 2:10‐12). If you came to realise, even just in part, you would fall on the ground overwhelmed with the deepest of tears. Change how you approach your relationship with the Lord, from a distant relationship, to a close, intimate, and deeply bonded one. Like ‘newly‐ weds’ – always renewed and refreshed!

I don’t care anymore but for the Presence of the Living God to save, to heal, to build up, and to restore. All I care for is the Lord and for Him to come in His fullness; His Love, His Grace, and His Might. I long for Him who is Life and who is Love. I long for the Person of Jesus made manifest amongst us.

I myself am nothing, but the Lord God is everything. I hunger for the Presence of the Living God. One experience in the Lord will change your life, one encounter with Jesus will shift everything that you ever believed. And a life of continual experiences and encounters of the Lord will change and rock your world. I don’t care about the ‘hows’ and the ‘wherefores’, all I care about is Jesus manifest. Bless you Holy Ghost!

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Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I wish to be rooted and bonded in the Kingdom of God, that Heaven may come and your perfect will be done in and through my life. Lord, I seek you Kingdom come in increasing measure upon my life. I know the Kingdom is within me, but I wish not to lay idle or indifferent. Please draw me close in the things of the Kingdom, please open my eyes to that which you have achieved for me. Please open my eyes to that which is right in front of me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #16: To be with Him

“Our God Speaks!”

The ‘private place’; your private communion in the Lord is critical to the walk of one born in Christ. Remaining ‘alive’ and ‘connected’ in the Vine: with continual interaction between you a branch and Jesus the Vine. It is the most important and most precious thing that sets the Christian apart from all other wisdoms, philosophies, and religions. You have the capacity to live in the continual loving relationship, communion, and dialogue with the Person of your God. He IS NOT a piece of wood, nor a carving of man’s hands or imagination. He is NOT a deaf or mute idol or ideology!

Scripture:

The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. (Is. 50:4)

What distinguishes our God with other gods and religions of this age?

Our God speaks! Our God heals! Our God liberates! Our God loves! Our God cares! Our God saves! Our God is a continual experience to behold. The demon would have you B‐U‐S‐Y with things, and attempts to continually distract you from living, drawing, and breathing in deep of the Love of God. You can choose to look past all things, daily, right into the heart of the Father. Choosing to abide in His Love and draw from Him instead.

The Gospel is not a convincing based on wisdom and knowledge, but as fishermen of old showed us, the Gospel is based on a demonstration of power (1 Cor. 2:4‐5, 1 Cor. 4:20). With tangible realities of God and continual living experiences of the Father. Realise that your walk with God is intended to be a tangible and an experiential one ‐ a really experiential one! Not just a belief and a knowledge, but a walk of tangible realities in God. Where the Spirit of God is manifest (made evident) in His Love, His Grace, His Truth, and His Might.

Gateway of the Kingdom of God: the purpose of faith is not without ever seeing anything, like a continually destined blind faith. But the purpose of faith is always to result in the physical outworking of the power of God,

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in a way of which you physically can see. Not a faith without seeing any results, but a faith of which you see plainly before you. If you pray for someone to get well and they get well ‐ that is seeing! In the same way, your walk in the Spirit and Presence of God is purposed and intended to be the same. The manifestation of the Spirit that you can personally experience, and live in daily.

The Spirit of God hovered over the waters of the world, then Creation came (Gen. 1:2). So in the same way: the Spirit of God welcomed, invited and given greater place: rooted deeper and deeper, established broader and broader, and placed higher and higher in your life. This makes way for the Holy Spirit’s creative power, along with the Resurrection power of Christ Jesus, to flow liberally in your world.

Remember: that through the ministry that started with just the Twelve, the Gospels were preached to the majority of the known world. Bringing down mighty strongholds. Was this just an amazing ability to convince people through words of wisdom and knowledge of unlearned fisherman? No, of course not, it was through their own living experience of the Lord their God, and their intimate relationship (John 1:18) with Him, that God demonstrated His mighty power through them. Demonstrated: so that man’s faith may not rest on the wisdom of man but the power of God (1 Cor. 2:4‐5, 4:20).

This is why it is an encouragement to seek more of the manifest Presence of God in your daily life. For experiences in the Presence of God are encounters in the Person of God; His Goodness, His Love, and His Might. In welcoming and inviting a closer relationship in Him, the Father adds to your faith daily; building you up in Him. The Father shows Himself strong in your private life of which only by nature bears you stronger in Him in your public life. Because of His Love for you, He richly builds your strength in Him in the private place. But this same strength does not remain private, but bursts through your life just as in the lives of David, Daniel, the Greats of Old, and the New Testament believers.

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faith in Him, but a ‘distance’ remains. Though claiming a faith in Him, a doubt and shame of Him remains (Matt. 17:20, Luke 7:23, Luke 9:26). It is this that creates a weakness, a fracture, or a hindrance to stand boldly in the Presence of God. Standing boldly in His Presence to bear His Hand to save, to heal, and to speak Life. Giving place for the Father to visit you, making way for Him to come again; by His very experienced‐Presence doubt and shame fades away. Distance is replace by a deep intimacy and knowing of your God.

Scripture:
Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. (John 16:14‐15 AMPC)

In developing a culture, a diligence to seek the Presence of God upon your life DAILY, what occurs is that He comes and inserts into you of His very Self. Not revelation alone, but through the LIVING Word, the VOICE of God proceeds into your soul, gaining you the perspective of the Living God. You gain your rightful IDENTITY: the perspective of who you are, whose you are, of whom you abide in, and of whom you are seated with (Eph. 2:6). You, now, can begin to speak more freely from the position that the Blood of Christ has bought you.

No man can give you this ‘knowledge’ (Eph. 3:17‐19 NKJV), but as you seek more the manifest Presence of God in your own private life, He opens the eyes of your soul. This is the dream of the Father since the Beginning; and the Voice of God gives you the ability to walk in, to manifest, all of which the Word of God continually and openly talks about.

Scripture:

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God–[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence]. (1 Cor. 2:7 AMPC)

To me, part of the meaning of the ‘Presence of God’ is this: encounters, visitations, being lifted up in Him, and undeniable experiences of the Living God. This is what sets apart Christianity and all other ‘religions’. However,

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the demon is intent to make your ‘Christianity’ religious, in order to ‘kill’, to ‘crucify’, the active and working Christ within you. Satan, however, failed at the Cross, therefore, he will also fail in his efforts against the Life of Christ in you. The Key is to ‘daily’ remain in the Vine.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I desire to live in continual dialogue in the Lord of Glory. Nothing is more enriching than the Word of God of which flows in my spirit. For all that is deemed valuable in this life, it is all pale against the Glory of the Voice of God that speaks. Lord, I choose not to treat you as a piece of wood, as a mute, deaf, inanimate God. But I shall live with this new deeper awareness of just how much you wish to speak into my life. I clean my eyes and ears and contently sit listening for your Voice and looking for you to come. Please give me ears that hear, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #17: To be with Him

“Intended to Pass By”

Scripture:

Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. (Mark 6:48 NLT)

What is important to see from this event is that Jesus values your invitation and personal hunger for Him. Longing for Him to ‘walk among you’ (Rev. 2:1‐5) and not ‘walk on by’. There are many things that do not come without a heart longing and ‘crying out’ for the Person of Jesus. A heart that simply hungers and seeks the Lord and the Kingdom manifest.

Jesus ‘intended to walk on by’; there are many things that the Lord does not give automatically, unless you come to ASK Him, seek Him, knock and have hunger enough to pause and wait upon the Lord. What the Father desires to give is very precious. He desires to work through your life, and in increasing measure for you to learn to draw from the very Throne‐room of God; abiding in the River that flows from the Lamb (Rev. 22:1, 2, 17). No being of all of creation or of the Heavenly Realms has this right or capacity except you and I – lovers of our Lord God.

‘Knocking’ on the Door of the Lord; fasting is an earnest form of prayer, of boldly asking Jesus manifest. It is a ‘valiant’ (Matt. 11:12 JUB) ‘laying hold’ (Phil. 3:12) of that which Christ died to give. Prayer and fasting (sitting in His Presence) is a wonderful and powerful spiritual communication ‘tool’, that moves the Heart of the Father concerning you. It expresses a longing for the Heart of the Father, a hunger for the Promises of God fulfilled. It is the attitude of setting yourself aside in earnest waiting on the Lord. Especially that you don’t even have the vocabulary to effectively express what you desire, let alone what the Spirit desires (Rom. 8:26).

Prayer and fasting breaks every stronghold. For example, instead of battling against habits and strongholds of sin with your own strength and mental discipline alone. Retain a culture of fasting and seeking the Presence of the Lord to rise up in you, and He will make you an overcomer. He will make you victorious and turn even your weaknesses and errors

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into great strength. His Presence will rise up with such wonder to behold that you will gladly shake off any hindrances, and the sweetness (Ps. 63:1‐ 3 NKJV) of His Presence breaks every spiritual or habitual holds over your life.

If you long for the Peace and the Joy of the Lord, but it has been a distant reality to you, then decidedly worship and fast, waiting upon the Lord. He will break the ‘stronghold’ and release the Joy of the Lord, and your ‘cup’ will overflow. Sickness, relatives saved, relationship problems. or a lack of sensing a closeness in the Lord; the answer is in developing a culture, a lifestyle of prayer, fasting, and going aside in the Lord. Meditating in His Word and sitting in His Presence. Fasting is Heaven’s way of expressing a humbling before the Lord, it is a powerful physical form of spiritual communication. A decisive and clear form of ‘ask’, ‘seek’ and ‘knock’. Recognise that on its own it’s absolutely nothing, especially if done religiously or in the eyes of others (Matt. 6:16‐18), it is, however, an attentiveness unto the Lord. But in the love of God, in a hunger for Him, in honest intent; it is an extremely powerful form of ‘crying out’ to the Lord.

Seek and wait upon the Lord and the Lord will be with you in all that you do. It is not you or I who do the effective ‘work’, it is God our Father of whom we seek and invite that works in us and through us (John 14:10). Cry out for the Glory of the Lord to come into your ‘boat’. Many issues of the human condition are strongholds that require the Lord’s guidance and His Hand at work. Some issues can be dealt with by awareness and a decisive action alone. Others require the Might and Presence of the Spirit of God rising up healing you, setting you free, and standing guard over you.

Many Christians struggle with issues for decades or may never overcome them. However, you are called to be overcomers, to be victorious, to be courageous (Rev. 3:21, 21:7). You can choose to go against strongholds seeking the Hand of God through the ‘humbling’ of yourself in simple prayer and fasting. Instead of struggling in your own strength, knowledge, pride, and frailty. Fasting and waiting on the Lord is a simple, but a very powerful spiritual tool, given you by the Holy Ghost.

Scripture:

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But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:32‐34 NIV)

Jesus Himself often fasted, for His heart ached for to do the Will and Work of the Father. This is a part of the meaning of fasting: a hunger for the ‘Will’, ‘Work’ and ‘Word’ of God (Matt. 6:9‐11). Also to walk in the same Spirit of Might and Counsel that Jesus did (Is. 11:1‐3). Jesus could have had a sandwich and then afterwards went about ministering to the Samaritans. But His hunger, His zeal for the ‘Will’ and ‘Work’ of God, was all consuming (as though He was fasting on their behalf).

What I’d like to encourage: if there is anything in you that would like to reach out for more of Jesus, more of the Holy Spirit, more of the purposes and Presence of God manifest ‐ then GO FOR IT! Do not be hindered or discouraged, for God is jealously longing for you to reach out to Him more. But there is a right way going about it, there is a right approach. He sent His Son to die on the Cross, so that you might be able to enter deep into wondrous things, far beyond all that you could ever imagine. But He is a Treasure and ‘treasures’ need to be treasured, sought and even dug for. He is King and does not bow down to the whim of man, but responds swiftly to a genuine inquiry and humbling before Him.

Jesus desires for you to ‘be with Him’ (Mark 3:13‐15), not just in word but truly in your heart, in your mind, and in your flesh. He longs to pour out the Spirit to heal, to raise the dead, to set the captives free, and save your generation ‐ but you do not let Him! By your heart remaining ‘distant’, unprepared, and ‘unkindled’; a believer denies their world of His fullness (Luke 12:49). You are the gateway to the Kingdom of God for those around you. Be encouraged, therefore, to wait upon the Lord for Him to prepare you richly in Him. That He might manifest, reveal, and make Himself known in you, and in your world.

The disciples welcomed, invited, and even ‘cried out’ for Jesus to come into their boat. You have the same opportunity presented you here today and every day … ‘valiantly’ cry out to the Person of Jesus manifest in and among you.

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Scripture: (a Scripture Jesus referred to when being tested by Satan)
“And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna … that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3 AMPC)

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I cry out for you to come into my boat. I know I am one of the beloved, but I don’t want you just to walk on by. I know I have strength and capacity, I can handle most things on my own. But what I can achieve on my own is worthless compared to the Glory of your Presence in me. All is refuse compared to your surpassing Glory. Please come into my life, please take command of it in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #18: To be with Him

“To be with Him”

‘My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD’.

Opening Scripture:

How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God … Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion … Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. (Psalm 84 NIV)

The Lord has been openly demonstrating to me the treasure and the wonder of praising the Name of Jesus. Regardless of times of great blessing or otherwise great trauma; irrespective of season. The same praise and delight coming from my mouth even (and especially) in the midst of distress. The power and impartation found in a simple (Ps. 8:2) hunger to praise Him and seek His Face (Ps. 105:4) afresh each day. He seeds of Himself into my spirit things of such magnitude, wonder, and mystery; deep shifts of the soul. He does this, not I. The more I hunger, the more my heart cries out for the Living God, the more He comes into my ‘boat’.

I set my heart on ‘pilgrimage’ in praise, love, and delight (Ps. 37:4) in the Lord. I wait patiently with expectation and longing for a fresh visit from Him. I patiently wait on Jesus, in earnest, that I might spend time with Him in person again. His ministering Presence comes upon my life like fresh Manna nourishing my spirit, my soul, my mind, and my flesh. His Presence raises a standard (Is. 59:19 NKJV) against all that comes against. And by the Spirit, He has me stand up tall, and through His ‘Might’ (Is. 11:1‐3) speak a Word to ‘calm the storm’.

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Jesus comes and by His Presence raises you up from strength to strength. Praise is like digging for a Spring in a barren land and finding Water, but then only to experience the Lord come and bring Rain as well (Hos. 10:12, Is. 41:17‐18, Ps. 84:6). Coming to learn how to ‘wait’ upon the Lord you become more aware just how active God works on behalf of those who ‘earnestly wait’ on Him (Is. 64:1‐4, 40:31 NKJV, 1 Cor. 2:9, Heb. 11:6). Setting a watch tower, attentively waiting and looking out for Him (Hab. 2:1‐2).

Scripture:
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him … that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons. (Mark 3:13‐15)

The most important effort and intent in life is your ability to ‘be with Jesus’. An encouraging reality that here and now, in our modern time, that you can be with Jesus in person. Not in a belief statement alone, but tangibly, in ways that you personally know, taste and feel (Jesus in Person steps into your boat). The question is, how can you be with Jesus now, now that He is not here in the flesh but in spirit? Are there principles in Scripture that give guidance of how to go to Jesus now and to ‘be with Him’, in increasing and in more powerful ways, every day?

I would like to encourage you that Christ Jesus is calling you into deeper places in His Heart and in His purposes than you can ever imagine. To be with Him closer and increasingly closer than you may ever have realised possible. To even carry His Glory in increasing measure. As a Christian you may have felt a persistent calling in your spirit for more, to be more actively participating in Christ – this is the ‘calling’ of Jesus. This is His continual tugging in your heart.

Recognise this Scripture of being (1) ‘called’ by Christ and (2) ‘you came’. Where Christ Jesus is calling you as a believer to (3) ‘be with Him’ and subsequently then to be sent out to (4) ‘share the Good News’ and (5) given ‘Power to heal’. The most powerful capacity you possess is your ability to be with Him. Walking with the Lord in His purposed way; highly

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interactive and powerful. Very personal and very intimate, like the Apostles of old. Through their personal and intimate relationship with their Lord, God shook their whole world.

Your personal ‘intimate’ and ‘closest relationship’ in the Love of God shall make Him known in your world (John 1:18 NIV/AMPC). Just as in the life of Jesus and in the lives of the early believers. So the encouragement both first and last, is responding to your underlying calling in Christ ‐ to ‘be with Him’; ‘abide’ and ‘remain’ (John 15:1‐8, 1 John 2:27).

While Jesus was on earth He, in the flesh, had to reach out to the Father who is Spirit (Heb. 5:8). Jesus was baptised and received the Holy Spirit, as you and I, but yet He sought the Father in ways that the modern ‘Spirit filled’ believer fails to do, or is unaware is possible. Are we missing something? As our Living Example how did Jesus go about seeking His Father who is Spirit? How did He live, what did He do, and what did He teach?

When the people in the Gospel times went to see Jesus in the desert (Matt 14:13‐21, Luke 9:10‐17) they were there all day (and even for a number of days) waiting and hoping to hear from Him. They were so deeply hungry of soul for Jesus. This is the same path for us. Though we don’t necessarily go into the desert, we do however go into private and secret places to seek and wait on Jesus (Matt. 6:6, Ps. 27:14). Praying unceasingly in yearning for Him as we go about daily life.

In these Gospel stories, people became hungry, so hungry that even Jesus was concerned that they would faint on their return home. There were no TVs there, no novels to occupy their minds, no entertainment systems, no distractions and obviously no food (fasting). They were so hungry of soul; longing, waiting, and hoping to hear and receive something from the Lord. And they were not disappointed! Not only did they hear, see, and receive from the Lord, but our personal Saviour even ministered into their flesh with miracle created food (Mark 6:30‐44).

This is a picture painted by the Gospels, of how one seeks Jesus now that He is spirit. Jesus said that it is better that He goes. Why? So He can meet with you and be personally with you anywhere, everywhere, and at any

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time. He draws you individually to Himself where He is now. With the help of our Helper (John 16:7) being with Jesus now, deeply with Him, in depths and ways that are truly beyond comprehension or measure. (1 Cor. 2:9‐10 AMPC). It is now even better than before for the Spirit takes of the Person of Jesus and inserts of Him directly into you (John 16:14‐15 AMPC).

So as you pray and fast (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 9:15, Dan. 10) close the door (Matt. 6:6). As you go aside into lonely places (Luke 5:16) or get up early before sunrise to seek the Lord (Mark 1:35). To sit at Jesus’ feet (Luke 10:39) and wait on the Lord (Acts 1:4, Matt 25:13, Luke 12:37, Ps. 27:14, Is. 40:31), as you praise and worship (Psalms, Acts 16:25‐26) retaining a deep thirst and hunger for the Lord (Ps. 107:9, Ps. 63:1, Is. 55:1, John 7:37, Rev. 21:6, Rev. 22:17). Seeking the Face of God (Ps. 27:7‐9) and longing to dwell in His Courts (Ps. 84:2, Ps. 91:1). As you seek more of the Presence of God; I pray that you might carry a greater measure of the Glory of God upon your life. A single person anointed by the Holy Ghost is a majority ‐ for God is with him.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please help me be with you, truly with you. Not only with you in name but in heart, in soul, in mind, and in strength. Thank you Lord, that according to you Word, that you desire to manifest, show and reveal yourself to me. Lord, I deeply welcome you to do so. Please disciple me in the things of the Kingdom of God and lead me in the Way, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #19: Spirit of Might

“The Branch”

Scripture:
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:1‐2 NKJV)

I would like to deeply encourage you to simplify your life in the Lord. Lifting up the Person of Jesus higher and giving greater place for Him to personally walk among you (Rev. 2:1‐5). In your hunger, seek the Voice of God (Deut. 8:3) that it might flow like a river. In your thirst drink deeply of the Waters of the River that flows from the Throne of God (Rev. 22:17), that flows from the Lamb ‐ the Branch (Rev. 22:1). Allow the Spirit of God to increasingly rise up within you bringing ‘healing to the nations’ (Rev. 22:2).

As a born again Christian, of whom has given your life fully over to Christ Jesus. Who has decided in your heart to truly make Him King of all things, you therefore, are ‘abiding’ in the Branch. The same Spirit, the same Voice, the same River, the same Spring, the same Waters that flowed in the life of Jesus, now flows in you. Regardless if you are the smallest twig, the least branch, or only recently renewed; you have the same Waters of Life flowing from deep within your life as that of the Son of the Living God. Your simple hunger and thirst for these Waters draws them upon your life, ever more abundantly; even as a spring.

It is simple: your love for God, your heart that cries out to Him ‐ draws Him. Your love and your honest inquiry of the Lord, brings Him close for He is Love. Through His Love you are freely able to draw deep from the Wells of Salvation (Rev. 12:3). Right now you are the planting of the Lord, regardless of how you feel (Is. 61:3), even the least of the Kingdom of God has been planted by streams of Living Water (Ps. 1:3), and in you flows the Spirit of Life. There is no sickness, no depression, no disease, no oppression, or even death; that can remain in the River of Life of where you have chosen to ‘abide’ and ‘remain’. And these same Waters of the

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Glory of God, well up from within you overtaking your life and overflowing it.

The Leaves of the Tree are for the healing to the Nations. You have been grafted into the Branch, you belong to the Vine of whom is Christ, and this same Life that is in Him is in you. The same Spirit that is in Him is in you. The same Waters of Life that flow liberally in Christ Jesus, now flows liberally in you. Deciding to make firm place for the Person of God to be made manifest in your life, frees Him to flow effervescently from your life. You, as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, are able to ‘appropriate’, ‘take hold’, drink deeply in, and continually draw from the River of Life (Rev. 22:17 AMPC). You are the planting of the Lord, and here by the River of God the Lord has established you.

Scripture:
Let everyone come who is thirsty; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. [Isa. 55:1.] (Revelation 22:17 AMPC)

Faith is simply being aware of who you are joined with, and gaining deeper revelation of what that means. Choosing to remain in the deepest of reverence, love, and confidence in Him. Nothing is of me, absolutely nothing, but what flows from He of whom I am intimately joined; made one, united, and established in.

The River of God brings life and renewal to your very bones (Is. 58:11), strengthening you and lifting you up from your very core. The Presence of God does this, for the Voice of God is a powerful reality (Matt 4:4). To retain a hunger for the Voice of God, allows His Voice to flow like a river; His Voice is like fresh Manna that nourishes your soul. The Voice, the Presence, the Waters, the Love, the Spirit of God; rise up within you bringing healing in His Wings (Mal. 4:2).

The same Spirit of Knowledge speaks into your life, the same Spirit of Understanding opens your eyes. The same Spirit of Wisdom guides you in all things, the same Spirit of Might moves the Hand of God. The same Spirit of the Fear of God comes upon you and you begin to delight deeply

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in the Fear of God. For He is a deep Refuge, a Strong Place, a powerful Anchor, a rich Foundation, and He is a broad Horizon of wonder.

The same Spirit that was in Jesus, as He walked the earth, is in you. There is no distinction. When God looks at you, He sees Jesus! To make the way straight, to prepare the way for Him; frees the Waters of Life to flow ever more freely in you. Kindling yourself, or otherwise allowing the Spirit of God to kindle you, as you ‘go aside’ into the private place, is key.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please make me more aware of who I am in your eyes and what you have achieved for me. I wish to participate in the Life you have gifted me with. Please help me be bonded to the Branch, please guide me to be united in the Vine. I know that of myself I can do nothing, so I turn my heart unto the Vine, my soul unto the Lord. Please unite me in you that I may be fruitful according to the full purposes of God. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #20: Spirit of Might

“Be Willing”

I will not live under fear, oppression, or stress ‐ they are demons! My Jesus is one who does whatever He wants, so I prefer to praise Him, rather than bow to the devil regardless of how real he looks. All I know is this: go to Jesus first in all things. Make place for Him through all things. Praise, love, and worship Him first and not the situations ‐ regardless. I will not bow to the demon but to Jesus! For Jesus can do whatever He wants, however He wants, whenever He wants; and I know what He wants cause He was crucified to bring it. So, I aggressively lay a hold of Him, because He aggressively laid a hold of me.

Making decisive place for the Presence of God in your life, welcomes and invites Him to come upon you. And He gifts you with increased understanding of what Jesus has already achieved for you. ‘If we all could understand what Christ Jesus has done for us we would live rich in soul and spirit and not begging and doubting the greatness of the Salvation of our Lord’ (a friend). With the Voice of the Father speaking into your soul, a ‘word of Knowledge’ from the Lord, He imparts a ‘gift’ of faith. And it is this gift of faith that brings the healing, that brings the move of the Spirit. Prayer doesn’t move His Hand so much as it is faith that God responds to. In the Presence of God, the Lord gives you a deepening faith through your continual encounters in Him.

Scripture:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. (Revelation 3:20 AMPC)

In your hand, you have the gift of free will. This is a right instituted sovereignly by God, and He will never interfere with that, or take it away (except on the Last Day). The Lord will not force anything upon you, even if your own will, doctrine, and choices destroy you. By your own will, your own choice, you are able to either draw from Him, or otherwise completely deny Him (Titus 1:16, 2 Tim. 3:5).

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Jesus is always with you, but you have to be willing to choose to be with Him in all circumstances of life. (“Boo!” the demon goes, “boo” and most Christians run from the feet of Jesus in an instant). Jesus stands at your door and knocks. He will not force, He will not shove, and He will not yell out. But He waits for you to welcome Him in. He quietly knocks, but eagerly stands by the door of your life. However, He will not cross the line of your will (unless through the power of intercession), regardless if you are a believer and ‘love’ the Lord Jesus, the physical door of your heart is your will. Therefore, open it up! All you need to have is an honest willing heart, yielding to Him (Ps. 51:10) … that is it (Mark 9:24).

By your own will, you can draw richly and deeply from Him continually. And in the same way, by your own will you can fully deny the Lord of Heaven and earth (even out of ignorance). He who breathed the stars into existence with a word will not interfere with your will, your will is most sacred to Him and, therefore, very powerful. For by it, if you choose, you can draw from the Lord of Glory all day long (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC), or otherwise completely and totally deny Him.

As you spend time in the Presence of Jesus, under the ministering Grace of the Holy Ghost. As you behold the Glory of Jesus in the Courts of God day by day, this same Glory comes upon you. As a result of this, you come to carry a greater and increasing measure of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ with you wherever you go.

Scripture:

And all of us, as with unveiled face, as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 AMPC)

By your will, you as a born again believer can draw liberally from the same Waters of the Living God as Christ Jesus. Cast aside the spirit that denies Him and pick up the Hope that allows you to enter right behind the Curtain, where Jesus has gone before you (Heb. 6:19). No creature, no being above or below the earth has this right, except those who are born of Christ Jesus. Of Him who’s Blood was shed for you, fully cleansing you from all unrighteousness before the Father.

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Scripture:

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5 NIV)

Take off your sandals; lay on the Alter of God all guilt of sin. And in preference for our Heavenly Father, and for His Hand personally at work in your life, lay on the Alter all the issues, dreams, and fears of life. Leaving them there under God’s full care. Giving Him full and sovereign right over ALL the issues of your life, of ministry, and of the Kingdom of God. Therefore releasing His Hand concerning you, and welcoming His Gifts and powerful participation.

Daily take up your cross (Luke 9:23), and by your own choice; entrust your life to the One who is fully trustworthy, daily! In Him who is fully able, who is fully capable to make what is wrong right, in all its facets. The Holy Spirit is able to actively see your whole life as an open book, from your conception (even ancestrally) all the way to your burial. He can speak, heal, restore, and make right any part of it. Turning that of which was meant for your harm, into your greatest of good and strength. This is achieved by simply fixing your will towards the Lord of Glory and trusting Him.

Scripture:

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. (Ezekiel 37:4‐5 NIV)

Jesus has prophesied and clearly spoken words over your life, all through the Word of God and especially in the Gospels. We all have fallen short of the measure of Glory that Christ Jesus has achieved for each one of us on the Cross. We are all just skin and bone. But by simple act of will we can choose to lay the issues of life, on the Alter of God, and be led into the Most Holy Place. Here receiving rich ministry in the Presence of the Lord, as we enter the Courts of God in the deepest of praise and honour for the Blood shed for us. In the secret language of the Spirit, in unknown tongues, in the language given you by the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 14:2);

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offering up ‘perfect’ praise unto the Lord your God. Praising unceasingly: continually abiding and remaining in the ministering and powerful Presence of the Lord, our God, as you go about daily life.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I welcome you afresh into my life. I invite you to make your home in me. I make myself ready to receive you, please enter my life. Though you are my Lord and Saviour, I wish not to have my door closed to you, but fully open unto you. Please come in and sup with me and me with you, I treasure the fact that you desire to sit with me and share of yourself. Please lead me, once again into our Holy Presence. I open my heart wide to you, anew this day, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #21: Spirit of Might

“Spirit of Might”

Opening Scripture:

Moses and Aaron went into the Tent of Meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord [the Shekinah cloud] appeared to all the people [as promised]. [Lev. 9:6.] Then there came a fire out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. (Leviticus 9:23‐24 AMPC)

Lord Jesus, thank you that you envelop me in praise. Lord that your praise rises up within me, lifting me into your Presence. Lord, I pray and intercede for your people, that as your praise rises up within the congregations, that your Glory may come upon all people, as a Cloud for all to see. That your Resurrection Power may strike like ‘lightning’ (Job 37:3‐4 AMPC) healing, setting free, and leading people unto repentance in the Glory of your Presence.

Why does the Spirit of God come upon us? Because with praise and honour we give Him place, and with healing in His Wings He comes upon a believer. Prayers and good deeds, flood your soul and do not cease but only increase, and these ‘prayers’ are brought before the Father as you are lifted up into His Presence. The Presence of God is a most powerful place, a meeting with the Person of Jesus in His Glory. Being raised and personally instructed by the Holy Spirit, to more freely receive answer to prayer, and to gain a greater anointing, a greater measure of the Spirit of God.

Sow in the Spirit of God, so that you may more liberally and confidently reap from the Spirit (Gal. 6:8). Continually sow in the Holy Spirit, and draw in a greater measure from the Glory, Gifts, and Might of God. Sow unto the flesh, a secular mind‐set (Ez. 44:23), and draw from the temporal, disappointing, and frail nature of the flesh; even unto Death. “I believe in Jesus” you say, but where do you sow? Who’s voice do you readily listen and are attentive to? We are called to enter the Rest of the Lord, and that is a decisive step (Heb. 4:3). It is in this place that the Spirit of God raises

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up, instructs, and brings to life the capacity to draw more liberally and freely from the Reserves, Knowledge, and Might of God ‐ the Branch.

I will gladly speak of the goodness of God, and I will not allow myself to be dissuaded. For there is someone out there who is in need of a touch from the Lord. Like the lady with the ‘issue of blood’, where Jesus became aware of the Resurrection Power flowing through Him (Luke 8:43‐48). In her ‘praise’, her ‘pressing in’, her seeking and reaching out to the Lord ‐ Heaven became ‘excited’. In eager expectation, she said within herself, ‘if only I could touch the hem of His garment’, and at the moment of a touch, in a ‘flash’, healing virtue flowed into her life and she was instantly healed.

Scripture:

Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear … One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. (Psalms 27:3‐4 NKJV)

There are believers who in their private turning aside (Ex. 3:3‐4) in the Lord, have a stir of the Holy Spirit welling up within them. A rising up of praise, of pressing in, of faith and expectancy kindled by the Holy Ghost. In congregations of believers, there is a stir, there is an expectancy, a fire brewing seeded by the Spirit of God; spurred on by the hearts of the hungry and thirsty. The Word of God is spoken and hearts are quickly alighten. Praise and expectation in the congregation rise up before the Lord and a charge in Heaven develops. The Cloud gathers and is ‘charged’ and ‘excited’, as the Father is drawn to the deep yearning of His children. And as ‘lightning’ the Power of God comes upon the congregation (Ps. 97:3‐7 AMPC). The same Resurrection Power that rose Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:10) from the dead, powerfully heals and saves believers and unbelievers alike. Spontaneously.

This Fire is kindled (Luke 12:49) in the secret place of individual believers, as well as within the heart’s desire and dream of a church body (Matt. 23:37). The more hearts that simply abide in the Secret Place of the Lord, within a congregation, in the deepest of yearning, longing, and hunger unto the Lord: connects, intercedes and draws down the Resurrection Power and Fire of God (or draws up from the Branch). A mighty Wind

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blows (Acts 2:2) and the Glory Cloud of God comes physically upon a congregation. Now this is valuable. Convincing people through wisdom and knowledge, has its value, but the demonstration of the Power and Might of God swiftly changes the hearts and lives of generations of people eternally!

Open the door of your heart broad and wide (Rev. 3:20), roll out the carpet for Him. Eagerly set a table and wait upon the Lord. Wait, wait, wait, wait … for Jesus comes to those who earnestly wait upon Him (Matt. 25). Those of whom live their life as a continual open door, in open invitation and expectation unto the Lord. Like little children eagerly waiting for their papa to return home, and He comes. He comes powerfully and mightily upon them.

The Word of God proceeds the move of the Spirit, it sanctifies the soul (John 17:17). Speak over your life with the truth of the Word of God. Possess the Living Word of God and give place to our Father to make it increasingly yours. Walk in it, breathe it, allow it to burn in your veins. Prophecy over your family, your finances, your future. Don’t sit idle. Allow the prophetic Word of God that proceeds the move of the Spirit to rise up in you. Out of your mouth proceeds both Spirit and Life, simply from Him of whom you abide in; the Branch, the Vine, that is Christ Jesus. Drawing from the River of Life that flows from the Lamb (Rev. 22:1), the same Spirit and the same Resurrection Power abides in you. You are born of the same Spirit, the same Root, the same Heritage as Christ Jesus our Lord.

When you choose in your heart to ‘turn aside’ unto the Lord, when you say to yourself, ‘I will go aside to seek my Lord’, the Lord hears and ‘inclines His ear to you’ (Ps. 116:2, 40:1‐3). The same picture as the lady with the issue of blood, who said to herself, “if only I touch the hem of His garment.” Heaven was already waiting in great anticipation for her because of what she had decided in her heart.

When believers set within their hearts to meet with the Lord, He, in His own longing is right there eagerly waiting. The Spirit of God, given full rightful place, stirs the hearts within the congregation. A stirring, a charge wrought of the Holy Ghost, utters the deepest of praise and worship. And the rising expectation ushers in the overwhelming Presence of Jesus. This

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‘charge’ of rising expectancy, connects with the ‘anticipation’ in Heaven, and in a flash He comes upon the congregation visibly and undeniably powerful for all to see. A collective gasp rises up as people see God move.

Exodus 3:3‐4 NKJV:
I see the Fire of the Holy Ghost and … ‘I will turn aside’ … so when the LORD saw that he turned aside … God called to him.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I recognise this reality of the Kingdom of God, that the same Spirit that flowed in Jesus can flow in me. Lord, I pray that you lead me to the River of God, that I might abide in the Counsel and Might of the Holy Spirit. Lord, I wish to sow in the Spirit, I wish to be raised in the things of the Holy Ghost. Please lead me and guide me so that I might participate more fuller each day in the Spirit of Might. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #22: Spirit of Might

“Fire of God”

Once you have experienced fire, smoke is just not ever enough. Once you have experienced Heaven, religion just will never do. The most precious gift is, that regardless of circumstances, you can love and praise Jesus and seek His Face; His Person and His Presence. And in doing so, His Love comes upon you and you get to see His Hand at work and circumstances changed.

It doesn’t take intelligence to praise Jesus, it doesn’t take a doctorate in Biblical knowledge to love and praise His Name. It only takes a heart of a child, and this regardless of age. It is the same that sees the Power, the Revelation, and Love of God flow like a river. You can have all knowledge and even great deeds, but still not approach Jesus in the way that you are supposed to.

What is your religion? Nothing! The Christian belief is NOT a religion, but IS the unfathomable Love and Mercy of Christ Jesus. Despite your human frailties, your sin and foulness of heart, your unbelief and otherwise flat out rejection of the purposes of God ‐ the Love of Jesus triumphs! Jesus remains deeply longing to take you by your hand and lead you into the fullness of Himself, and all this in spite of you.

Opening Scripture:

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and Fire. (Matthew 3:11 NKJV)

I desire to no longer stop at the word ‘and’ but go on all the way to the full reality of the word ‘Fire’, as purposed in the Cross and the shed Blood of the Lamb. I shall ‘turn aside’ and ‘see this great sight’ (Ex. 3:3‐4). I shall seek the Fire of God as presented by the Holy Spirit, sealed and set in Promise by the Blood shed for each one of us (Luke 24:49). Therefore, I earnestly wait in the ‘Upper Room’ in eager expectation of Him.

To be guided by the Holy Spirit, in preparation for the Fire of God, to be raised and instructed by the Holy Spirit to more freely receive answer to

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prayer. To gain a greater anointing, a greater measure of the Spirit of God, even a measure without limit (John 3:34). To be warmly taken by my right hand (Is. 41:13‐19) by the Spirit of the Living God, and given place among these standing here in the Courts of God (Zech. 3). To be clothed in fine linen and seated with Jesus at the right hand of God (Eph. 2:6), and to be guided and gifted with a deepening awareness and confidence to approach the Provision of Heaven (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC).

As a (little) child of God, I am coming to know whom I am in Him, for the Spirit of God is making Him increasingly known. He is raising me to know the Father, to know Jesus, to know who I am in Him, and also to be known in Him. I choose to listen and to hear the Voice of God, rather than the voice of the god of this age; who’s voice is loud, prevalent, and common. The god of this age, is intent on the believer retaining a secular way of approaching God in their faith. This religious, secular spirit is intently at work to deny you the Holy Spirit and Fire (Matt. 13).

Just look at the Parable of the Sower: 1. Path; Satan hardened hearts. Some people won’t even ponder or meditate on the possibility of the Spirit and Fire. 2. Persecution; and some are hindered from taking the message deep to heart, and in times of persecution the pursuit of the Spirit and Fire wilts and is no more. 3. Weeds; simply the cares and worries of this life takes centre stage, and choke out the hunger and longing of heart. 4. Now the good soil; this is a choice to daily (Luke 9:23) seek the Presence of Heaven (Matt. 6:9‐13), and in this ‘Good Soil’ the Spirit of the Living God Himself instructs, guides, protects, and raises up; causing you to flourish!

Through praise and worship, prayer and fasting increasingly behold a greater measure of the Glory of Jesus (John 17:24), in the Secret Place of the Lord (Ps. 91:1 AMPC). The more that you behold His Glory, the more you simply find yourself carrying a greater measure of His Glory as you go about your daily life. Just as Jesus led the way, though He was God incarnate He always went aside to seek the Face of God, to wait upon the Lord and enter into His Presence.

Come and gain the fullness of the Fruit of the Spirit alive, tangible, and powerfully active; the Gifts of God fluent, flowing and abundant. The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge, the

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Spirit of Might, and of the Fear of God rising up from within each one of us. Spending time in the Presence of Jesus, waiting upon the Lord, He gifts you with the Keys to bring Life, Authority, and the Power of the Kingdom into your world. This for the very needs of the land and the community of people entrusted you (Josh. 1:3).

The most powerful thing we possess is our ability to praise Jesus for His Blood. To hunger for the Voice, the Face of Jesus, and have His Glory come upon each one of us. It is within the capacity of the believer, in your own hands, to usher in the mighty move of the Spirit of God that never ceases. The powerful Life giving River of God flowing through the midst of the local church.

The Presence of God, by nature, brings healing, brings restoration, brings Heaven on earth. Even the gold streets of Heaven coming into your world ‐ the prosperity of Heaven (pre‐Fall provision). You choose, “I present to you both ‘Life’ and ‘death’ … you choose” (Deut. 30:19). By the simple gift of free will given you, you can choose to welcome, invite, and make place for the Person of Jesus come among us. In preference for Him, you can birth the might move of the Holy Ghost in your community of influence, and within your congregation.

Allow your continual encounters in the Lord to embolden you in Him. Be encouraged when you see God’s Hand move by your own prayers ‐ you a mere man! Not just a ‘mere man’, but one united in, and born of the same image and likeness as that of the Branch! Where the Father looks at you, ‘a branch’, and it cannot be seen where Jesus ends and you start. This is the calling and leading of the Father. To sound like, look like, act like, and do the same as Christ Jesus. With the same healing virtue, the same Resurrection Power flowing through you. The same nature, the same character, the same likeness, the same Love, the same Power, and the same Spirit. For the same Source equals the same Results. Not in a religious image crafted by man, but Hand Crafted by the Spirit of Living God, into the FULL image of the Son.

Scripture:

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49 NIV)

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I need the Fire of God, you need the Fire of God, we all collectively need to be ‘clothed with power from on high’. Let us be encouraged as we wait upon the Lord. The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but a demonstration of the power of God, so that your faith and the faith of new believers is firmly established on the Power of God and not man (1 Cor. 2:4‐5). Make place for the Fire of God, so the Father may bring eternal change to this sinful and corrupt generation (Acts 2:40).

Luke 2:36‐38 (NKJV):
‘Serve God never leaving the Temple’, ‘worshipping’ Jesus from within His Presence. ‘Night and day, fasting and praying’, ushering in the Presence of Jesus, of whom you recognise and know. That His Person might ‘walk among’ us (Rev. 5:1‐5) and pour out the Fire of the Mighty Holy Ghost here and now, today (Acts 2). To heal, to set free, and save the Nations for Christ Jesus. This is the prayer of our Saviour as He hung on the Tree, spilling His Blood for the world.

Scripture:

The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]. (Luke 4:18 AMPC)

The ‘Spirit of the Lord is upon me’ … this same Mantle and Anointing has been placed upon each believer. Each one born of Spirit, Water, and Blood. For we, by choice, are rooted and united in Christ Jesus the Branch. Therefore, give place for the Spirit of the Living God to lead you by ‘still waters’ (Ps. 23:1‐3); to be healed, strengthened, and refreshed. Being led and built up in the Knowledge, the Glory, and the Power in the Fire of the Holy Ghost (Eph. 3:14‐21). Amen. Bless you!

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I prepare myself the best I know possible, I kindle myself in order to receive the Fire of God. Lord, I don’t know how but I am eager to learn. Please lead me in the preparing and kindling of my soul, that you may fulfil your purpose in me. Please fill me in the Fire and Power of the Holy Ghost. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #23: The Answer is Jesus

“The Answer is Jesus” Opening Scripture: Matthew 17:14‐21 (NKJV)

A personal prayer

Thank you Lord, that I am the Lord’s possession. Thank you Lord for the honour that I can love you and worship you with all of my love, with all of my fears, with all of my cares, and all of my hopes. Knowing full well that you will guide me even in the very next step. Thank you Lord for the privilege that I can initiate a meeting with you, that I can initiate an entering into your Courts and Presence whenever I desire. Right in the midst of even the busy‐ness and the issues that life presents, I can choose to come into your Presence, entering right into the Refreshing of the Lord.

Each day and in every moment, here in your Presence, I can choose to lay down all the cares of this life into your full care, and live my life free and full of the Holy Ghost and Power. Power to bring the Hand of God to bear in every circumstance of life, small or large, and with the Power to intercede and bring the Hand of God to bear on behalf of others, even the world around me.

Thank you Lord, for the honour that I can truly lay down every care, into your full care. Even the very conscious residue of cares. Fully laying all things into your care, for you are Trustworthy and True, and your Love is powerful. Lord, it is amazing to me to realise that you love me with all your Heart, with all your Mind, and with all your Strength. And you jealously and intently watch over me, and have aggressively pursued me my whole life. All this in spite of me. Thank you Lord, that in every circumstance I can jealously and intently pursue you. I can choose to love you with all my heart, with all of my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength ‐ just as you have me. Now my whole being is united in you, this is the joy of my soul. In this I realise that you are now fully free to come upon my life, in all your fullness . This deeply long for, this I deeply welcome.

Be encouraged: in truly laying down all fears, all moments of anxiety, all hopes, all disappointments, and all issues of this life (and ministry); from the furthest left to the furthest right. Laying down even the very residue

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consciousness of cares at the feet of Jesus, into God’s care, your Heavenly Father is now free to fully participate in them and bless them all. Turning even what was meant for your harm, into your good.

Lord, I truly give you full rights to participate in my life, even to go back in time to the errors of my past and heal me right there. Replacing these roots of errors with the healing Presence of the Holy Ghost. Lord, I realise that in your eyes my will is a Sovereign line that you will not readily cross. Lord I, by my will, welcome you to cross, to enter fully in continuously in every area. I give you full authority to participate in every facet of my life, even the slightest of cares, concerns or questions. These I will not carry. Here is my life, here are my loves and hopes, here are my fears and cares. Thank you.

In the same way that you have called me to love you as you love me, with all of my being; I seek you with all my being, nothing left over. Nothing retained and nothing withheld. Thank you Lord, I know that you will guide me, even as a little child, in all areas of life, and you continually pronounce blessing upon me. You charge even your angels over me and protect me where I step (Ps. 91:9‐16). I welcome you, I seek the fullness of you with all of my soul, mind, and strength. Thank you Lord for your blessings, thank you for the knowledge of you, I now entrust even these very things to you. Lord please continue to take me by my hand and to lead me in all things pertaining to Life, that I may continue to fully enter into your Rest (Heb. 4), your Abiding Place. That I might be fruitful, according to your full Purpose.

The encouragement here today is to love the Lord, trust Him, and fully release your life into the Hands of the Lord. Every day and in all circumstances, for this is the basis of the Gospel. The schemes and the ‘impressions’ of the Evil One are there to separate you, in thought and heart, from the Knowledge and Rest of God. However, the desire and plan of the Lord is to take your cares and heal them, and to turn even what was meant for your harm into a blessing for you (Deut. 28:14). The key is to love Him, warmly receive Him, and seek Him for who He is and not just what you want from Him ‐ let this be true. Lay your needs completely in His Hands, but seek His Face.

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All issues of life from the furthest left, ie; sicknesses, fears, disappointments, offences, persecution, losses, confusion, mistakes, desires, and dreams. And all the issues of life to furthest right, ie; relationships with church life, the Kingdom of God, ministry, spiritual gifts, and hopes for your family and city saved. ‘Repent’ and be free of all cares, laying them into the Faithful Hands of God. Seeking Jesus to be King and Ruler of them all ‐ He who is Life, He who is Love. Choose to abide in the Refreshing of the Lord (Acts 3:19‐20 NIV). The Love of God is the single right basis of all things: being rooted, driven, powered, moved, and directed by the Love of God welling up from deep within your soul. The Love of God lit on fire by the Holy Ghost; the burning Love of God within you. Choose daily to delight yourself in Him (Ps. 37:4), who is Life, and allow His Love to come and fully rest upon you.

In laying down your life in the Lord, it is not the end, but the wonderful path of beginning. You are free now to enter into the realm of the Lord God that is beyond comprehension, definition or limit. In this realm, the Presence and Provision of the Lord is released to you without restraint, for your love and life has simply come in agreement with He who is Love and Life. Now, to your world you have something to give, and His Name is Jesus.

You are a child of God, one of His beloved. Our world and what we know is pale and insignificant compared to the magnitude of the breadth, width, and height of the Glory of the Lord of which you have now entered and now abide. Continue to hold onto your life and you will lose it (Luke 17:33), but in trust and in obedience to the Gospel; daily release your life unto the Lord and you SHALL find it (1 Pet. 5:7, Phil. 3:12‐14, 4:6, Jam. 4:6). As you have fully entered in, the Lord shall fully come upon you, even without measure. His Power, His Love, His Presence, and His Counsel. We are the ‘limitator’ not God: He even esteems you higher than His own Son (nailing Him on the Cross for you) and Jesus values you more than the knowledge of the terror of the Cross He had to face. The Blood He shed, the work of the Cross, the tearing of the Curtain, and the gift of the Holy Ghost are the final expression of the Father ‐ that He holds nothing back from you. Truly, everything is truly ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ … ‘to the Glory of God’ (1 Cor. 1:20).

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As believers, we have to learn how to become completely released from the spirit of unbelief. As people of ‘faith’, we need to be raised by the Spirit of God to be entirely free of the spirit of doubt. To no longer be instructed and led by doubt and unbelief, but be instructed by the Lord. As born again Spirit filled believers, we need to learn how to seek, to walk with (Gal. 5:25), and live in the fullness of, the Spirit of God. Even without measure.

This is of the Lord of whom you earnestly seek, and is by no means of the flesh. Truly the flesh profits man nothing at all (John 6:63). Not your knowledge or wisdom, doctrine or vision, achievements or finances, nor your failures. Nothing of the flesh achieves these things but the Spirit of whom you give full place day by day, circumstance by circumstance. Full place and no longer retaining in part. Allowing the Lord your God to take even the residue traces of doubt and unbelief, fears and cares from your soul, as you enter in and abide in His Courts. Approaching Him as decreed: as a little child.

The Presence of God is experienced here in the present.
Cares are intended to drag you off into the future and the past.
In order to walk in step with the Spirit of God, drawing liberally from Him, quiet yourself and wait upon the Lord. Root yourself in the Love of God, and allow Jesus to come upon you and minister into your soul,
into your mind and your flesh – each day.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I choose to make you Lord of my life, you are the Answer. Lord, I don’t know how to lay my life down, I don’t know how to release my life into your hands. Lord, I say this prayer in faith: I give my life into you capable hands, I entrust my life to you, I entrust all its issues. Those things that are going well and those things that are going against. I welcome you to fully participate in them all and enter into the Rest I am called to. This I try to pray each day, so that you remain the centre of my life that in you I may flourish in the Courts of God. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #24: The Answer is Jesus

“Doubt and Unbelief”

Receiving the Spirit of God upon salvation is not the end, but the beginning. Accepting Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour of your life, is not the end but the beginning, you have now entered into the Wonder and the vast realms of the Glory of the Lord.

In the same way that we are called to love the Lord with all we are, just as He does us, we also seek Him with all we are ‐ nothing withheld. We seek His Presence manifest, we seek the active reality of our Loving and Powerful Saviour manifest, rising up in our lives and He through our lives. Knowing ‘He does the work’ (John 14:10). Living in the continual tangible, and active realities of the Presence and Love of Jesus, resting upon each one of us, daily opening the gates of our heart unto the Lord (Ps. 24). Seeking this with all of our heart, with all our mind, and with all our strength; in this, we are truly living in agreement with the Love of God.

As believers, we can suffer with unbelief. Therefore, give place to the Spirit of God for He will remove even the trace residue of doubt and unbelief, as His Presence comes upon you. Of your flesh you cannot achieve this, this is gifted of the Holy Ghost as you seek His Presence and lay your life down in Him, even daily. Be encouraged for nothing is of your flesh; “not by might, nor by strength but by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zech. 4:6). Realise fundamentally that ‘faith without unbelief’, ‘faith without doubt’, is not matured by your own flesh effort or self‐discipline, but it is freely gifted you of the Spirit of whom your heart is set upon. It is such a privilege that we can live life fully submitted and subject to the Holy Ghost, for in this, He works and shows Himself active on your behalf.

Faith is a lifestyle, and is not something that is activated only when you need answer to prayer. Faith is about where you abide, who are you joined with, and where you dwell each day. The ‘prayer’ that God sees is your whole life laid bare before Him and not the brief uttering from your mouth, not as just a reed bending in the wind (Is. 58:5). To involve and entrust even your slightest cares to the Lord, He prepares you to involve Him and trust Him with the life‐threatening cares that come. Practice here: entrust all your cares in Him that the active Presence of your

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Provider may richly abide upon you. For cares can be like viruses that separate, or like debris that restrict the flow of the Branch of which you are ‘grafted’ into (Matt. 13:7). We need a firm rooting, bonded and connected in the Branch, becoming one in Him, ie; ‘abide’ and ‘remain’.

As a born again believer, do you abide in the Love of God, being raised and instructed in soul by the Lord God Almighty? Are you being led into the mediation of the Word of God by His Presence, or do you only wish to live fully conscious and aware of the cyclic issues of this life? Surely you realise, that being rooted in the Life of Jesus, that He raises you up above the life of this world? His Life within you gives you the capacity to speak over the issues of this life, and pronounce Life and Blessing. Gain the attitude of the Counsel of God that brings about His Life and the reality of the Kingdom of God upon your life. Our Lord God charges even His angels to go out before you and prepare the way. So much so, that even the issues that you cannot now think of, the Lord has already prepared for. As a Christian choose to make Him Lord, and this not just in word alone.

“How long should I put up with you?” Jesus said, speaking to His disciples (opening Scripture), these men who have walked with Him, stood by Him, and believed in Him (like you and I). “It is because of your unbelief!” I am not sure if you have noticed but believers suffer from *unbelief. We as those who have been entrusted with the Word of God, even trained and approved to preach the Word and lead the people of God, can suffer (and preach) from a spirit of unbelief and doubt. I encourage you to love the Lord and continually seek His Presence and Love increasingly manifest upon your life, as the underlying root cause and drive. As a result, the Presence of the Lord upon your life will remove even the residue of doubt and unbelief. Let us not go out there with our doctrine and our flesh in the Name of Jesus, but in the fullness of God, and the Fire of the Holy Ghost.

(*Unbelief has its origins in he who leads rebellion against Heaven. So the question is, whom is your ear inclined? Satan speaks into the soul of man saying ‘become as God knowing Good and Evil’ (Gen. 3:5), or otherwise said, ‘become as a god in your own right and strength, choosing for yourself what is good and evil’. Repent and cast this ‘Thief’ aside. Rather incline your ear, and retain a deep hunger for the Voice of God, even more so than your daily bread ‐ ‘your daily needs’ (Deut. 8:3). Live life as an open

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invitation, waiting upon the Lord for the outpouring move of the Spirit upon your life. For you are “not born of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13))

Eagerly seek the Lord God Almighty: with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, ie; nothing left over. A lifestyle of quietening your soul unto the Lord, even in the hecticness of life. As an open invitation unto Jesus, knowing full well that He will guide you, even in the very next step of life and that of your ministry. Even unto the leading of the very fullness of Himself. The onus is not on you but on the Lord, of whom you entrust yourself fully to, in each moment and in every situation ‐ free of cares. He will guide you and prepare the way for you, as you have fully prepared the way for Him. In united bond, one on one, with He who is Love. With the deepest of ties, one on one, with He who is Life. These deep ties are established as the Spirit and Presence of God comes upon you each day. ‘Waiting upon the Lord’ means just that, sometimes you’ll just have to wait. But He will come and “dress himself to serve, He will have you recline at the table, and will come and wait on you” (Luke 12:37). Learn to quieten yourself and wait upon the Lord, retaining the knowledge that your invitation has been extended to the Lord, and the Lord will come according to His Word.

(The root drive: “love the Lord God with all you heart, with all your soul, with all you mind, and all your strength. And love others as yourself.” An underlying purpose of loving God is to lead you into maturity to loving others, ie; His Love gifts you with capacity to love. As the Love of God rises up and comes upon you (even daily), you gain immeasurable ability to love your spouse, your children, your friends, even your enemies. This is gifted you and made manifest of the Holy Ghost, and is by no means contrived of the flesh. Man’s love continually fails but God’s Love triumphs. The laying down of your life is by no means an abandoning of responsibilities. It is not an abandoning of loved ones, friends or enemies; but He gifts you, He empowers you with the Love, Counsel, and Power of God to minister and heal them. Becoming pillars of God, oaks of righteousness, and a gateway of the Kingdom of God.)

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please root out of me the spirit of unbelief and the spirit of doubt. I recognise them as spirits that are intent to rob

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from me and stand in between me and that of which you have purposed me. Lord, in the place of these foul spirits please come into my life, please instil the Faith of Jesus into my soul. By the Spirit of the Living God, take that of which Jesus’ and insert it into me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #25: The Answer is Jesus

“Laying Down Cares”

Scripture:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:10‐11 NKJV)

‘True’ worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), ie; 1. in meditation and taking possession of the Word of God, 2. as well as waiting upon Him and allowing personal encounters of your Lord and Saviour. As you come in earnest to wait upon Jesus, when He comes you cannot physically remain standing. In the Presence of Jesus, you are brought to your knees in every part of you and in every way. Within your soul, within your mind, and your flesh. A praise comes upon you that is not of yourself, and a deep sense of the Presence of Jesus comes totally overwhelming you. This is most dearly precious, and also I have found that it is a most important part of the Christian walk; your regular encounters with the Person of Christ Jesus, the Author of Life. Jesus has availed Himself to you, regardless if you have been a Christian for only just a day or for many years: His willingness to meet with you is astounding … but there is a right approach.

Salvation isn’t a single invitation of the Lord, asking Him into your life once, years ago, but a heart unto the Lord in open invitation. For as Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:16), He will come and show you of His Glory (John 17:24). In this Abiding Place, you can live in experience and receive from the Lord throughout all your days. No situation or issue, no anxiety or cares of this life, is able to remain standing in the Presence of Jesus. No name above, on, or below the earth, in Jesus Name.

I do not wish to live for a moment without the manifest Presence of Jesus upon my life, nor can I function without it. I will not lay idle or indifferent, especially that I know that there is only more of Him, and that He only desires to draw me ever closer in Him. All sin, weakness, failure, and doubt is washed away in the regular encounters of the Person of Jesus. As Jesus

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comes upon you a faith and a boldness is implanted within you, that is not of oneself (John 16:14 AMPC). Therefore I choose to humbly wait upon the Lord, patiently and in earnest, “making the way straight for Him” (Is. 40:3). For who am I but nothing without Him. I am no more than the dust of the earth, like the brief morning mist. But in Jesus I am a something, in Him the Father’s eye is intent upon me, and He lifts me up in Himself. What a precious gift, what a wonderful God we serve.

In the quieting of oneself, waiting upon the Lord, and experiencing regular encounters of the Person of Jesus; even the very trace residue of doubt and cares fade away. A boldness that is of the Spirit comes upon you that is by no means of the flesh. For God’s Voice rises up within you and the voice of the Thief diminishes. Your flesh is useless to you, every part of it, place not your faith there. If you desire to walk full in the Power and the Anointing of the Holy Ghost and Fire, realise your flesh capacity and it’s cares are only a stumbling block to you. An obstruction and disorientation. Daily lay your flesh down in the Lord, dying to it as you have been instructed. Even your knowledge and understanding (Prov. 3:5‐8), die that you may produce many seeds just as He who went before you (John 12:24). Jesus says that unless you come to Him as a little child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God (Matt. 18:3), you cannot participate freely in the Kingdom: His Gifts, His Power, or the abundant Joy and Peace of the Holy Spirit. You remain restricted in your experience of the Knowledge, the Intimacy, the Love, and awareness of the Presence of God upon your life. Aware of His manifest Presence right in the midst of the storms and the craziness of life on this earth.

As Jesus walked the earth: you as well can live in the calm, in the peace, in the quiet confidence of soul, right in the midst of the hecticness and hurricanes of life. Jesus operated from a pure love of God, a singular set structure: the Love of God. Nothing swayed Him. He neither strived or fretted about anything, for everything was the Father’s. His love fully in God, with nothing left over. In complete Rest of soul and intimacy in the Father, God manifested through Him, ie; worked through Him, spoke through Him, and guided Him (John 14:10‐12). This is the same picture and plan for each one of us, those born of the Seed. Let the Love of God be the anchor, the foundation, and vision of your soul. We are called by default to enter and abide in the Rest of the Lord, not to sit observing the Rest

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(the Kingdom) from a distance, but fully enter in. This is not possible of our flesh, but is freely gifted of the Holy Spirit. We are called to abide in the Rest as like as in the eye of a storm. Whilst people see dark skies, strong destructive winds, and harsh conditions, you see blue sky. Others around you see calamity, the world crashing down, hopelessness and despair – you, however, see an open Heaven to draw from. To draw liberally from, even to bring the Hand of God to bear.

Leader of the Rebellion

Cares have their root in the ‘Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil’. Where you only naturally wish to be in control, independent of God, with your own knowledge of what is right and wrong, possible and impossible. But at the same time struggle with the fact that not everything is in your control. You, in the end, are not ‘God’. Jesus was crucified to free you from the effects of this ‘original sin’, so that you truly may fully partake of the Tree of Life and ‘live forever’ (Gen. 3). These ‘cares’ can have their origins from either inside the ministry of the church, or out there from the world. This is a most central aspect of the Gospel: to lay your life down, to die, to take up your cross daily. Fully releasing and entrusting yourself in the Son, as a little child. This is about removing the effects of ‘being like God’, needing to know and be in control of everything, ‘with your own understanding’, and fully releasing yourself unto Christ. Satan’s ‘voice’ or suggestion to this very day is always ‘did God really say that?’ Endeavouring to seed doubt of the Living Word of God in your heart, and diminish His splendour into distant obscurity.

The world’s natural root heritage is not of the Tree of Life, nor ear inclined to the Voice of God. But instead as one as a god unto oneself and independent of our Heavenly Father. This is the deceptive nature and character of Satan and his ‘angels’ since the Beginning. This, therefore, is the nature and origin of doubt; still living under the effects of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We however are grafted into the Branch that is of the Tree of Life, let us all the more secure ourselves there; ‘remaining’ and ‘abiding’ in Him. The Voice we hunger for and decidedly choose to otherwise hear and recognise is that of Jesus (John 10:27), and in Him, we gladly sit at His feet. It is the Spirit and the Voice of God that Counsels us and raises us in Faith. The Waters from the Lamb (Rev. 22:1) welling up within you, as you live fully submitted and subject to the Holy Ghost. He

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allows you to fully participate in Him, to draw from Him, for He by nature “works to show Himself active on behalf of those who earnestly wait for Him”, “rending even the Heavens for you” (Is. 64:1‐4).

To continue: the scar in the heart of the Father is the fact that the leader of the Rebellion rose up with ‘a third’ of the angels and led war against the Creator. Against He who is Love, He who is Life. Satan’s deception, in his own mind was so complete, he thought himself capable to dethrone God (Is. 14:12‐15). And this same deception came upon all these angels to think that they too can be ‘like God’, independent of Him.

However, God’s Grace, His Love, and compassion for you is so complete. But the fact remains that doubt has its origins in this spirit of Rebellion. And even though people believe that Jesus is the Christ, and was crucified on the Cross, there is not the Power of God active like in the book of Acts. The reason why is simple ‘doubt’ and ‘unbelief’. Doubt and unbelief to God is a believer’s ear still accustomed to the voice of the leader of the Rebellion, over that of the Living Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

To His own disciples Jesus often said, “oh you of little faith”, or in this case, “faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I bear with you?” He said this to those of whom He loved and deeply cared for, and broke bread together. But He was frustrated because He knew where it came from. He knew where the root of doubt and unbelief comes from; it is rooted in the rebellion against God. Let us simply repent and pray with earnest “please forgive me, please help me in my unbelief.” Let us fully enter into the Life that Christ died to bring. Cry out, “may your Kingdom come and your perfect Will be done in my life, just as it is in Heaven.” This is the right prayer of all believer, whether young or old.

This is the root purpose of the Cross: to set you free from all the effects of sin, the influence of the Thief, and to triumph over him. For the heel of the Seed of woman stands on the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15). You, in ‘remaining’ in the Vine, are born of the same Seed and can stand on the Serpent’s head, crushing him in all areas of this life and bring the Kingdom of God firmly established in your world.

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The naked Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ spoken preludes the move of the Spirit …

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I realise that though I love the Word and Truth of God, I have only pursued you in this way. I never realised that I can pursue you so very real in person, even seeking you to visit me afresh and anew each day. That I don’t have to rely just on my understanding, my knowledge and doctrine, but I can continually live in the Dwelling Place of He who is the Word of God. Lord, please bring me anew into your Courts, each day, into your Presence all the moments of my day. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #26: The Answer is Jesus

“Learning to Ride a Bicycle”

A lifestyle of prayer and fasting deals directly with the spirit of unbelief and doubt. Jesus continues in this opening passage (Matt. 17:14‐21), “this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.” Realise that our battle is “not with flesh and blood, but against principalities and rulers of the spiritual realm” (Eph. 6:12, Rev. 12:17). Our ‘fight’ is in the spirit. Recognise where things have their root: Satan has come to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus, however, has come to bring Life, to heal and restore in every way (John 10:10). It is very clear where things have their origin, it is no longer clouded; Jesus your Friend and the Thief your Enemy. As a believer, filled full of the Holy Ghost and covered by the Blood of Jesus, you can cut him off in every way. Through a culture of prayer and fasting, meditating on His Word; the Lord equips you to overcome all the schemes of the Evil One. To break the yolk and bonds that keep you and others living under sickness, oppression, and bound by the chains of the ‘author’ of sin, deceit, and decay.

We are at war, and though there may be battles lost, seasons of being pushed back; you have the Victory and His Name is Jesus! As ex‐slaves of sin, you and I have nothing to offer our King, except bowing down saying, ‘thank you Jesus’, and guess what, as King, that is all He wants. The Lord will set you fully free as you lay (bow) your life and its issues fully down daily in Him. Waiting upon Him and allowing Jesus to come upon you each day. Allowing Jesus’ regular and personal visits to refresh you and raise you up in Him. You may say you have Jesus residing in you, but this is not intended to be a doctrinal faith statement only, for the Presence of Jesus totally brings you to your knees. And the Fruit and result of the Spirit abiding in you is an unfathomable Joy, Peace, Love and Faithfulness of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit of God will lift you up and cause you to triumph and shine even as a bright light as you lift Him up in your eyes. “Lord please help me in my unbelief” (Mark 9:24), this is the honest start for each and every believer. As you bow down on your knees from within the depths of your soul praying, ‘I desire to give you all my life, all my cares but I don’t know how,

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please help me’. ‘Please teach me how to wait upon you, for I deeply long for you to come visit, sit and share with me according to your Word’.

I submit a challenge to you: develop a culture of prayer and fasting, ie; the decided step of refraining from your norm, and in an attitude of heart set in wait upon the Lord. Inquiring of Him, seeking His Face and loving Him. Delighting yourself in praise and honour of soul unto the Lord your God with a full ‘open door’ for Him. Just like one of the ‘five’ Virgins who waited for Jesus in earnest with plenty of oil (Matt. 25). OK, there is the fasting of food, and then there is fasting other things like TV, Facebook, and entertainment as you wait upon the Lord. But what I challenge you today is a lifestyle of fasting cares and anxiety, ie; your grip on your own life. As the Scriptures say, “be anxious for nothing” (Phil. 4:6). In regular fasting choose in all things not to be anxious about anything, but only to be ‘anxiously’ keen on Jesus manifest in your life. This is not achieved by knowledge or fleshly skill and works, but is of the Spirit.

Can you hand your life to the Lord, laying down all things in Him? All disappointments, all insecurities, all fears, all concerns. All issues of the past and the future that Jesus may triumph over them all? All issues common to man, from the furthest left to the furthest right, even the conscious residue of cares. Giving full place for the Hand of God to be fully active upon your life, and allowing the Rest, Joy and Peace of the Lord to come upon you and His Hand to bear. For these things are of the Tree of Life of which you have chosen to be established. Therefore, allow His Voice to flow like a River, His Counsel and Might to be residentially active. Fast cares, ie; give Christ Jesus full right and license to participate in all areas of your life. This is the greatest of treasures, the greatest of gifts; the Father actively working in all the Promises concerning you. As you, of whom have been issued with the Promise, remain no longer wandering in the desert but enter in, and abide and eat of all the fruits of the Promises of God.

As learning to ride a bicycle or tie a shoelace, practice to no longer carry a trace of cares, doubt, or unbelief. For these things keep the full participation and the Promises of the Father at a distance. They keep you from receiving liberally from Him. This is not judgement but an encouragement in the right path. Initially learning to ride a bicycle or to tie

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a shoelace is absolutely mind‐bending stuff, but your Father, who is in Heaven, in absolute delight, will gladly lean over your shoulders and taking you by your hand show you how.

Think of it like this, the cares of this life are like ‘weeds that choke the plant’ (Luke 8:7). You have been grafted into the Branch and it is from this same Branch that the Spirit of Knowledge freely flows; the Spirit of Understanding, Wisdom, Counsel flows like a river. From this same Branch flows the Spirit of Might and of the Fear of God (Is. 11:1‐3). Doubt and unbelief, ie; your cares that are greater than your faith choke out (strangle) your ability to receive liberally from the Lord. Regardless of your ‘righteous’ deeds, works or doctrine, you remain like a blunt axe. You are a child of the Living God, gifted with both the Word and the Spirit of God, but a core weakness and fracture remains. So in regular prayer and fasting in earnest for the physical manifestation of Jesus outworking in your life, He prepares the way for you to become a ‘receiver’ of the Lord. Let this become your new job title, ‘I am a Receiver’, as a satellite dish continuously receiving from the Lord day and night.

(“I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the LORD your Maker” (Is. 51:12‐13 NKJV). Let me rephrase this: “who are you, that you should be caught up in cares, allowing them to retain a strong grip on your life, that you should forget your Maker?”)

Understand this, prayer and fasting deals directly with the spirit of unbelief and doubt. It is not necessarily your faith in the existence of Jesus, or believing that He is the Christ, that moves mountains. It is living doubt‐ free that causes the mountains to become as chaff and is blown away in the wind (Is. 41:13‐16). And this is established in you by the Sovereign Presence of God to whom you simply bow and lay your life down to, right from within His Courts; in His Presence of where you choose to abide.

Jesus participates to the measure you release Him, that you involve Him. Retain not the character and nature of the Old Adam: Adam of whom chose to live in reliance of his own ‘knowledge of good and evil’. His action cut off the ‘Branch’, the Knowledge and the Provision of God, for himself

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and for all future generations. But now being ‘born again’ of the Spirit of God, we can freely return back into His Provision, Guidance, Healing, and Blessings. This is simply that of which was originally purposed by God at Creation. But there is a right way to go about this, learn to lay down your life, daily, on the Alter of the Lord; and enter and abide in His Presence. That Jesus may become fully active in all that you are and do, and that you also may freely receive and draw from your Heavenly Papa in all things. The laying on the Alter isn’t the end, but the beginning of Wonder. He allows you to enter into the unfathomable and vast realms of the His Most Holy Place.

Return: in the earlier days of being born again the Joy of the Lord was upon you. Some for years experience wonders of the Presence and Power of Jesus, but after a while, this waned and the Joy and sparkle in your eye diminished. Today, the Spirit of the Living God desires you to return back to this first Joy, this first love. Do not allow yourself any longer to wander in the ‘wilderness’. Do not wait forty years, but cross over now, and abide and eat freely of the Promises of God.

What occurs is the subtle voice and suggestions of the Thief, that begins to take precedence over the Grace and Power of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Your eyes shift away from the Spirit and begin to become misaligned unto your own flesh. Doctrines of your own understanding develop and harden, lists of righteousness, deeds and works become centre stage to you. Especially under the ‘sun‐scorching’ eyes of others. The Thief is endeavouring to shift you away from fresh encounters with the Person Jesus, and of the Spirit of God manifest before your eyes, and directs your thoughts and efforts unto the flesh. Do you remember Paul exclaiming, “you foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1‐3). Now you know where the ‘bewitching’ comes from.

The Promise of God was revealed in Abraham, the ‘father of our faith’, and it was fulfilled in him because he remained faithful to the calling of God in his life (regardless of circumstances). ALL the Promises of God shall bud, blossom and fruit in all their fullness in you, as you retain a simple childlike faithfulness in the Lord. Seeking first His Love and Presence manifest and

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revealed to you each day; walking hand in Hand in Him. Not relying on yesterday’s Manna but what is fresh and new in the Lord each day, here and now. For in the Lord His Grace, Goodness and Mercies are new every morning, and His Compassion never fails, therefore ‘I shall wait upon the Lord’ all the more, in Jesus name (Lam. 3:22‐24).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please teach me how to ride the Bicycle of the Spirit of God. Please lead me in the things of Heaven, even that of the Courts of God. Please open my heart, my soul and my mind to the things of the Kingdom of God. Making them who I am, not just knowledge or revelation, but the reality of my soul. Please give me capacity to dance to the Music of Heaven, to the Singing and Moves of the Holy Ghost. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #27: Spirit Bears Witness

“Praise is of the Soul”

Praise is of the soul, not the mouth. However, as you choose to begin offering praise with your mouth, in honesty of heart seeking the realness of Him, the Spirit comes upon you rising up overwhelming you with Praise. Praise that is of the Spirit consumes your soul and your flesh. The Presence and Love of God, manifest upon you, is the single most precious abiding place.

This subject is not my love towards the Lord, nor is it His Love for the whole world. It is not even the Lord’s Love towards you or me. It is however, moments when the Love of God comes upon you that is completely awe‐inspiring. He fills you and consumes your soul and flesh in the awe of the Presence and Power of the Lord. It is altogether beautiful and deeply strengthening, and it is here that the Lord wishes that we all abide and remain; under the ‘Anointing of the Lord’ (Is. 61:1).

Firstly He has saved you and I in order to bring us close to Him, ‘to be with Him’ (Mark 3:14‐15). And God continually and jealously desires us all, individually and collectively, to be drawn ever closer to Himself. Even intimately abiding in the ‘Bosom of the Father’, just as His Son Christ Jesus (John 1:18). And it is from this Place that we can truly set the ‘captives free’, and impart the same Seed of Life in them. Ie; Jesus manifest, the Love of God resting upon their lives, and a life full and free in the Holy Spirit and Power. From this same freedom, they themselves live their life joyfully setting the captives free, in the same Power and Presence of God.

It is in this intimacy, this deep‐rooted relationship and bond with the Lord of Glory, of which ushers in the manifest Kingdom of God into your world. For as you are brought up into His Presence, into His Courts, and enjoy sitting with Him day by day; God of Heaven and Earth also comes upon your life and seats Himself firmly in you. His manifest Presence in your life totally rattles your world. All doubt and unbelief, cares, fears, frailty, and pride flee in the Glory and Delight of the Lord. You truly are becoming as like a little child.

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The Kingdom of God does not come through a ‘spirit’ of works, law or pride of knowledge, but through an ever deepening intimacy in the Love of God (Rev. 2:1‐5). A knowing of Him, a walk that is so very close to Him; just as Jesus. The deepest of friendship, the deepest of trust and confidence that is brought about by your own closeness in Him. A closeness that He establishes as you earnestly wait upon the Lord, with the single‐eyed purpose of meeting with Him.

Have you ever drank water with mud in it? Would you ever present a glass of water to a friend that is not totally clear and pure? Our love can be muddied and its purpose unclear. Therefore in purifying your love, offering a ‘singleness’ of heart to the Lord, His Love comes upon you immeasurably. So in earnest, purify your love unto the Lord, offering your King a pure glass of water as He comes and meets with you again. In your life you rely only on the Grace and Goodness of God to cover you, and this is right, this is our basis as well as vision. But at the same time, you fail to offer your love pure and your life fully unto Him. In this then you deny the fullness of the Freedom and the Power of Holy Ghost to rest upon your life.

Works and pride are not the answer, but through love and intimacy is where the Father increasingly makes Himself known to you. Not just a knowing that is of the pages of the Bible, but the living closeness that comes through the regular encounters with the Person of Jesus. Truly the Lord shows you how to love, as His Love comes upon you. Truly as you love Him and seek Him with all that you are, His Love comes upon you and remains. The Love of God upon your life establishes a deepening and natural capacity to love. A love that is not of the flesh but is of God. His Love that remains in you, naturally builds a deepening loving relationship and closeness with your spouse and your children. His Love builds a deepening intimacy in your family, and repairs and builds tight bonds.

This Love of God extends from your life into your friendship, associates, and people who you meet on the street, even towards your enemies. The Love of God is the single most precious Gift, and as we love and seek the Lord, as we seek His Presence, and sit with Him in person each day; it is He who builds you up in Him. He kindles and sets a burning of the Love of God in your soul. He does this in you by His Presence and Grace that regularly

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comes and rests upon you, in your closed sessions with the Lord of Glory. As you go about your daily life, the Presence and Love of God heals the soul, mind, and flesh, renewing your youth.

Jesus teaches us to approach the Father in the same way He Himself approached Him. He is the First Seed, and it is He of whom we are called to follow. I dearly wish to bear in my life the same constructive fruits and healing likeness and virtue of He who died for me. He died in order that I might have His Resurrected Life abiding in me. Hence I delight in Him regardless of what life presents or what opposition comes against, for He is so deeply worthy. For the Lord Himself is my Gift, not what I hold in my hands nor see with my eyes, but He who abides in me. It is He who gives me the capacity to produce the same fruits as He, for He calls me a ‘friend’, and He Himself makes “everything known to me” (John 15:14‐16), withholding nothing, not even Himself.

Such abiding in the Love and Presence of God, is not in isolation away from everyone, or disassociated. No, but in everywhere, with whomever, and in whatever situation of life that you are in. The Love of God continuously rising up upon you. “If you were a slave when you were called, don’t let that trouble you” (1 Cor. 7:21). Regardless of where or how busy you are, the Witness of the Holy Ghost can most powerfully rest upon your life. Now, this I like, it is this that is most precious, and guess what, this Witness becomes uncontainable, as you begin to ‘reek’ the Love and Glory of God.

To preach and share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ is a good and noble way of life. But the right foundation is for the Person of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit to be a Witness to the Goodness of God through you. This is of the same nature and way as Christ Jesus of whom went before us (John 14:10). It is the same basis as the Apostles and of all the great moves of the Holy Spirit. Truly our flesh profits us nothing at all, IT IS ONLY by the Spirit that we can do the Father’s work. In the continual seeking of the Face of Jesus, the Holy Spirit ‘testifies’ about Him as you live and breathe in Him and He in you. It is from this place that we can witness and testify of He of whom we know, and to that of which we have both seen and experience (John 3:11).

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Truly how far we have fallen from the Glory of God, but as the Lord lifts each one of us up in Him, the scales come off our eyes and we behold the Glory of Jesus of whom richly abides in us. How dry our life used to be, compared to the tangible manifest richness of the Presence, Love, and Might of God resting upon each one of us. The Lord truly lifts us up from the miry clay into the Glory of His Presence (1 Cor. 2:7, 2 Cor. 3:18). He does this, it is His dream being fulfilled, it is to this joy that Jesus saw as the Cross was set before Him (Heb. 12:2).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I long for your Love upon me, your Praise that abides my soul. Lord, may your Love truly enter my life, coming so real upon me influencing all that I think and feel. Lord, I choose to set my love in you, my tap‐root of love into the Love of God, that your Love may gush up in me overwhelming my soul, in all that I think, feel and do. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #28: Spirit Bears Witness

“The Spirit Bears Witness”

Theme Scripture:

1. But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me (‘He will testify’).
2. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. (John 15:26‐27 ESV)

The way Jesus walked among the people of Israel, He walks also in the streets of your town today. The same picture is here and now, though He in spirit. As you walk with Him and sit and eat together, He, your Teacher, shares continually of Himself and of the Truth of God. Then because you have walked with Him since the ‘beginning’, or in our case as the root basis of our life, now you can truly be a ‘witness’ for Him. A witness of the one of whom you both intimately know and to that of which you have seen (John 3:11).

Structural basis of ministry: (Mark 3:14‐15)
“He appointed twelve that they might …
1st. be with Him, and
2nd. that He might send them out to preach, and
3rd. to have authority to heal the sick and drive out demons.”

To be with Jesus is the single right basis of the Christian life. This single‐ most cause, this one purpose, one duty, one responsibility, one vision, one hope, and one foundation; and His Name is Jesus. Jesus the Author of Life, the Author of Faith; the Christ, the Saviour, the Resurrection and the Life. Our single calling is to be with Him, to abide in Him, entering into the Rest and Presence of the Lord. It is from this place of being as a little child in Him, that He openly shares of Himself in Person, and the Holy Spirit Himself also testifies, imparting of the Person of Jesus. It is in this abiding place, this ‘being with Jesus’, that mountains are moved; they being turned to chaff and blown away by the wind.

Jesus healed all who came to Him, the answer then is for us to go to Him (and point others in the same). There is nothing in us, Jesus is the Answer!

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If we truly wish and deeply long to bring healing to the suffering, to set the captives free, and ‘preach’ the Good News of our Lord and Saviour then we need to go to Him, ie; ‘be with Him’. It is in this ‘closest relationship’, our ‘abiding in His Love’, of which He truly makes Himself known to us. This Knowing, this Faith, this Hope that He gives us and His Love that comes upon us, becomes the immovable tap‐root of our soul and whole being. When people come to you for healing, it is the Resurrected Jesus abiding in you of whom heals. Our first and foremost calling is to be with Him, to remain in Him in body, soul, mind, and spirit. Knowing that it is from this ‘abiding’ where He places words in your mouth to speak and ‘preach’ (Spirit of Knowledge and Counsel) and healing in your hands to give (Spirit of Might). These things effortlessly spring from He of whom you, in all things, are truly one and bonded with. This single place of abode.

Intimacy: there is an intimacy in the Lord that is available to the measure that you yourself long for. God desires the deepest of intimacy, however, your love and life is in your hands to offer. Intimacy is not automatic, but has been afforded you by the Cross and the Blood shed for you. Jesus has opened this Door for you, now feel welcome to pursue, enter in, and partake richly of. There is an intimacy, a closeness, an ability to draw from God that no one can take away from you. No issue or ‘reality’ of life can steal from you, and it is in this place that the Hand of God comes powerfully to bear.

Look at these numbers: 70, 12, 3 and 1, do they mean anything to you? Of course, there were the 12 disciples and the 70 who went out as well. Then of the Twelve, there were the three of whom were close to Jesus, and of these three there was one to whom was known to be especially close to Him. In this picture, where do you wish to be? This choice is yours here today. Though the seventy walked with Jesus and even did miraculous signs and wonders, they were of those who said, ‘who can receive this?’ (John 6:66), and many followed Him no longer. Then within the Twelve “one of you is a devil” (John 6:70), of whom betrayed Him. There was another who obstinately struggled with doubt and unbelief. Then of the same Twelve, there were three of whom the Lord entrusted and revealed Himself deeper to, even for them, in secret, to experience the Transfiguration (Matt. 17). John, of these three, was the one known to be

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closest to Him, and his experience and relationship with the Author of Life was of a different depths and awareness than the others.

Allow, therefore, a deepening relationship and closeness with the Lord of Glory upon your life. Let this be your root‐cause, hunger and drive. For this is both the right foundation and vision. You too, today, can be one who is deeply close to Jesus, even intimate, with whom He shares with you revealing of Himself. And as He confides and ‘entrusts’ Himself (John 2:24) to you, He ‘opens your eyes’ and ‘burns in your heart’ (Luke 24:32, 45).

In this Luke 24 passage, we have two of Jesus’ disciples walking along, then Jesus appears walking with them, the Resurrected Jesus. Jesus began talking with them sharing and opening the Scriptures to them. I wish to make this clear here: this hasn’t changed! Jesus still appears to His beloved ones, those of whom He entrusts Himself to (John 2:24). As you, in honesty of heart, reach out and seek Jesus, HE COMES. Regardless if you just received salvation here today, or have been a Christian for decades ‐ He comes. Humble yourself, therefore and seek and wait upon the Lord.

James 4:7:
If you truly wish to have demons and sickness flee then humble and abase yourself before your Lord and Saviour. Fully submit to Him, laying your love, life and it’s cares, fully in Him. He is your Life so choose to make Him your life. Now it is from this abiding place in Jesus, that when you stand up resisting the devil, he will flee, and sickness and oppression flee with him. This triumphant lifestyle comes to those who live entirely subject and submitted to the Spirit. Choose, then, to abase yourself before the Lord, as Jesus did (Phil. 2:5‐11 AMPC), and the Father will lift you up with energies beyond the youth, in wisdom, stature, and the favour of the Lord (Luke 2:52).

Seek Him today, with expectation that He comes, and He will come. Live in deep expectation and hunger for Him, for He personally comes and shares of Himself and He opens your eyes and burns in your soul; right here today. And in addition, the Spirit bears Witness transferring of that which is Jesus’ into your being (John 16:14‐15 AMPC). This is the Way of the Gospel, our Lord and Saviour walks with you, imparting of Himself and instructing you in the Ways of Life, and of the realms of the Kingdom of

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God. The Thief, however, endeavours to come in between, to belittle your relationship with the Lord, and draw you away. But you choose to hold a resilience and a set fixed eye. Choose to listen and wait upon the Lord of whom builds you up richly in Him, each and every day.

This is the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ; He, as our ‘Teacher’, personally teaches us and disciples us Himself. This has never changed, though now of course in spirit. But this needs to be our daily choice: not issues, worldly views, influences of others, not cares or desires, failures or success, not pride or religious practices but JESUS! Allow the Holy Spirit to ‘testify’ to you as you ‘walk’ with the Person of Jesus here and now. Not just reading about Him from a distance, no, but sitting with Him and being ministered to by Him each day. Humble yourself in regular prayer and fasting, partaking of the ‘Manna of God’. Partaking of His Goodness, Truth, and Living Word. It is He who overcomes in us even through a culture of prayer and fasting, as we wait daily upon the Lord (ie; ‘single‐eyed’ of soul and in deep hunger for Him (Deut. 8:3)).

As the Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus to you, you are then simply able to be a witness to your world of the One of whom you personally know, and live in daily experience of. Not only so but the Father within you rises up doing His wonderful works through you. This is the Gift of God, this is the Seed planted; the very Person of Jesus abiding in you. This not in word alone but in manifest tangible realities. Not being a witness only of a knowledge about Him, that you have read or someone has told you, but a witness of the One of whom you are dearly close to, and of things that you have both seen and know.

Mark 3:14‐15:

Daily wait upon Him with a heart of expectation that Jesus will come and visit you and the Holy Ghost will ‘testify’ to you of the Person of Jesus within you. And the Life that He produces in your daily walk in Him will cause you to bear witness of the Power, the Love, and the Goodness of God that you live in experience of, ie; your ‘testimony’. And as He rises up in you, all the more, He does mighty works through you; bearing Witness as He did in His Son, and even greater works than these (John 14:12, Rev. 12:11). Truly our flesh profits us nothing at all, but the Spirit Himself profits us with a measure unlimited.

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Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I open my heart to the Spirit of God, that you may bear Witness in me and through me. Lord my family needs you, my friends need you, people I meet and hear of need you. Not word alone but your healing Presence. Lord, I welcome you and pursue this reality in me: the manifest Holy Ghost. Please come upon my life in increasing measure to the blessing of my life and those around me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #29: Spirit Bears Witness

“Tent of Meetings”

I set my heart, soul, mind and strength in Jesus; to always be with Him. It is Jesus of whom anoints me to preach and to heal, and in His Presence, I shall not leave, but abide in the ministering Grace of the Lord (Luke 2:40).

Scripture:

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent (Tent of Meetings, the Tabernacle). (Ex. 33:11)

(Realise this: the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than all who walked before. Therefore, seek an intimacy with the Father whereby He regularly comes and speaks to you face to face, as one speaks to a friend. For the more that you personally choose to draw close to Him, the more He responds and draws close to you.)

Just as Joshua remained in the Tent of Meetings and did not leave, you are also able to remain in the Meeting Place of the Lord and not leave. In Joshua’s day the Tabernacle was a physical place, but for us now it is spiritual; the Temple of God is within you. This Temple of God in you, directed upon the Lord, gains you ever deepening access to the ‘Tabernacle’ of which is in Heaven. Being able to abide there and become increasingly known in the Courts of God; as one “highly esteemed” and treasured (Dan. 10:10‐12). Is this a weak and insignificant statement? No way! You try going against someone who is anointed of the same Spirit as Joshua. Joshua of whom led the people into the Promises of God and all Enemies (1 John 3:8) were scattered by the energies, the vitality, and the Glory of the Lord that was upon Him.

This same Spirit was upon Daniel, David, and Elijah, each one of them preferred the Presence and Courts of God more than their daily bread. And God was drawn to them and built each one of them up daily in Him. His energies came upon them (1 Kings 18:45‐46) and God did mighty exploits and works through them. These are not just pretty historic stories that have nothing to do with you, no, they speak of the nature of the Spirit and the Salvation that the Blood of Christ Jesus has bought for you.

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Allow the Holy Ghost to come and open your eyes (2 Kings 6:17‐20). I tell you what, you try going against someone anointed of the Holy Ghost and Power. You try it! Jesus has come to cast a Fire upon the earth and how He wishes it was already KINDLED! That’s your primary and single underlying duty: in the Presence and Love of God, get yourself kindled! Quit fussing over every little thing that the demon is spooking or luring you with; absolve yourself of cares and pride, and finally make your Jesus Lord (Matt. 7:21‐23). For He who is King will fill you full of the Holy Ghost and Fire! The demon freaks out at the prospect of you living life free and full of the Holy Spirit and Power. For you try going against such a man or a woman; one who’s soul, mind and flesh is bound to the Heart of the Father. Who is clothed, raised and trained in the Glory of God.

Strength or capacity has nothing to do with you at all, it is God. It is the Spirit of God of whom you remain fully submitted and subject to. But who are you listening to? Who are you inclined to? You choose!!! Jesus is the answer, it is He of whom died for you, and who IS Resurrected! It is He in Resurrected form, in triumphant form, and in His Glory, of whom desires to meet and be with you. It is He who comes and sits with you as you earnestly wait upon the Lord. It is His Faith, it is His Hope, it is His Love, and it is His Strength. It is His Understanding and Counsel, it is His Might and Fire that comes upon you! Bind yourself to Him in the Love of God. If you want to flounder around in your flesh and own understanding, vision and control, fine, you do that. But as for me and my family, we deeply desire to dig our soul‐root into the Branch and allow this statement be true: “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me.”

You are not a spiritual orphan unless you choose to live like one. Jesus didn’t die only that you might go to Heaven, but that here today Heaven may come upon you. For this is the Prayer of the Father that you might earnestly seek Heaven: His Kingdom come, and His Will done in your world just as it is in Heaven (Matt. 6:9‐13). Go and seek the Face of Jesus, go hold onto the hem of His gown, even ‘wrestle’ with Him saying, “I will not let go until you bless me” (Gen. 32:26, Matt. 11:12 JUB). You are under the Covenant, therefore stake claim in what the Covenant brings, and has purposed for you. Earnestly seek His Face! Seek and long for the Presence of Jesus; the “Resurrection and the Life.” Do not be satisfied to live a

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moment without Jesus’ Presence manifest upon your life, for your flesh and vision, what are they? Nothing! But the Spirit of God gifted you is your Treasure realised, and in Jesus of whom you are positioned with.

In the Resurrected Presence of your Lord and Saviour, let Him take you by your hand and change your heart. Let Him place new clothing upon you. Let Him seat you where He is and never depart. Let Him give you a place among these standing here in His Presence. It is Jesus of whom you meet with every day, in the Tent of Meetings, of whom trains you for warfare against all the schemes of the Enemy, and equips you to be triumphant (Luke 4:18). You are partnering with, and united in He who is Victorious!

Scripture:
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Come and make the daily decision to have the same Witness abiding in you as that of the Apostles of old. We, as the disciples of Christ Jesus, need the power, ie; the manifest Kingdom of God abiding in us, in order to be an effective ‘witness’ in our generation. How can we do the works that God requires, that He has intended and set out for each one of us to do? It cannot be done without the Love and Might of God abiding richly in us day by day.

Jesus died in order that I might have His Resurrected Life abiding in me.

The Lord works to prepare you and I to be able to receive continually from Him. Preparing and building in you a greater capacity to behold His Glory. He is intent on fashioning and sharpening you so that you become a powerful ‘instrument’, that the words of your mouth do not fall to the ground but move mountains. To break down mighty strongholds, and to loose the chains that keep people bound and afflicted. It is the Father, of whom you bind your heart to, of who’s Love you are united in, that achieves this.

Allow the Love of God upon you, let this be central to your life. Allow times of refreshing to come upon you, your family and your ministry; in the Love

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and Glory of God. For life, when it becomes intense, where are you refreshed? If you are centred on anything but the Love of God, where are you strengthened, refreshed and lifted up? By your success or achievements? As you battle the hordes of demons on the mission field, where are you strengthened and refreshed? As you lead ministry, where are you strengthened and refreshed? When all of life and what you hold dear is shaken and turned upside down, where are you strengthened and refresh? The Lord leads you to the manifest Love that comes from God, the deep ‘tap‐root’ of the Love and Power of God that is central to the Gospel (Rev. 2:2‐5).

This is the right footing, not ministry, not life’s issues, not apparent success, but the Love of God. As you “abide in my Love” and my living “words abide in you”, “ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” In this “my Father is glorified” (John 15:7‐9). Regardless of what is happening in your life, good or bad, desire the Presence of Jesus. Be intent for the Person of Jesus upon your life. For He with you combats all that comes against, as you abide in His Counsel and Might. Even from right in the midst of things, prefer to bow down and seek the Face of Jesus (Dan. 6:10). For He is your Gift, “your Shield and exceedingly Great Reward.” He is not a piece of wood but the Glory of God. Even if things would fail before your eyes, prefer to seek the Presence and Face of Jesus. Press on all the more for a deepening tightness and tenderness in the Lord, for He who is with you is the Glory of God.

Be encouraged in this right footing: “now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). The Presence of Jesus brings a rich Faith and a deep rooted Hope and expectation. But the greatest Gift is the Love that is poured out liberally from our Father in you. All three of these Gifts bring life to your bones, youthfulness to your strides, air under your wings, fire in your eyes, and the Power of Life evermore. This is gifted you of the Spirit and not through the striving of your flesh or reasoning. Yes, there is our faith, our hope, and our love, but what the Gospel of Jesus is leading you to is His Faith, His Hope, and His Love being richly poured out on you each day. Truly our flesh profits us nothing at all, nor is it by our “might or strength, but by the Spirit says the Lord.” So let us look at this Scripture in this new light: as you seek the Presence of Jesus and earnestly wait upon the Lord, it is His Love, His

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Hope, and His Faith that begins to come upon you, as you are brought to your knees daily in the Presence of Jesus. The treasure in learning how to seek and wait on God.

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God” (Rom. 8:14).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I wish never to leave the ministering Presence of the Lord. Regardless of what’s going on my life, I desire not to have a break of fellowship in the Counsel of God. Lord, please help me in this pursuit, this pursuit of the active Presence of God continually upon my life. To abide in the Counsel and Anointing of the Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #30: Spirit Bears Witness

“Intimacy in the Love of God”

What can be sought for is intimacy in the Lord, for Christ Jesus has made this possible for all who believe. It is through intimacy, the closest relationship, that the Father makes Himself known to you. And through this ‘knowing’, He imparts of Himself, He Gifts and bears His Fruits abundantly upon you.

Scripture:

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship (in His intimate Presence) with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18 NIV/AMPC)

Allow and make place for the Love of God to rest upon you. Through the Blood shed for you, Jesus has made it possible for you to abide in the Love of God. As the Father Loves the Son, Jesus Loves you and gave His life so that you may participate in this same precious reality and most wonderful gift: the “closest relationship”, the “intimacy of His Presence”, the “abiding in His Love” (John 15). The Love of God is the root of the Christian soul, it is not in word alone, but tangible and active.

The wonder that, as a little child you can enter into the deepest of intimacy and closeness with the Lord God Almighty. Being drawn ever closer in Him, even by His own Hand; it is truly amazing (Is. 41:13). You, therefore, can choose to abide in His Love and truly remain; as a believer this Gift has been extended you. And in abiding in His Love and His Living Word abiding in you, “you may ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.” “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” The same Life and Love of God that flowed up in the Son, as He walked the earth, also now flows through into you, as you choose to daily “abide in His Love” (John 15:9).

Don’t allow anything to “hinder your prayers.” Lay all cares at the feet of Jesus, ALL cares and hopes so that nothing hinders your prayers. Live no longer under the spirit of envy or lust, nor the spirit of anxiety or fear, cast aside the spirit of doubt and unbelief. Decisively choose to ‘anxiously’ pursue the deepest of tenderness, the deepest of intimacy, that is

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available in the Lord your God. And together with Him, the Holy Spirit will establish this intimacy, in order for you to live life free and full in the anointing of the Spirit and Power. This Seed that has been given you, this Gift extended you, just become as a little child (Matt. 18:2‐5) and enjoy opening it up! Be as the ‘one’ or the ‘three’ and seek and pursue the intimacy found in the Love of God. The Love of God resting upon your life, is the single right foundation and basis. Not unto law, works or flesh, but unto Grace and Mercy; the Love and Might of God.

Allow this opportunity of intimacy, that has been freely extended you, to abide in you. These things that we read of in Scripture, take possession of them. Allow “my Words to abide in you” (John 15:7). Don’t allow the Word of God to just remain on the pages of the Bible, but the reality of them to enter into your soul and remain. Allow them to take deep root, allow the Living Word to be who you are, not only what you read or have memorised. Jesus made the Father known because of the intimacy, the “closest of relationship” He had (has) in the Father. And the Father manifested through Him with signs and wonders and in the fullness of Himself. This picture is the same for you and I. You have the same opportunity as the Son of God, of the deepest of intimacy in the Father, and this by the Blood Jesus shed for you. So do not allow the Word of God that is in front of you, that is in your own hands, to stay just there, or fall to the ground. Allow the meaning, intention and purpose of it to penetrate your soul, and become instinctually part of you. Fully who you are, for Jesus and the Word are one (John 1:1).

Intimacy does not come automatically but is pursued, sought after and built. A legal relationship with the Lord you have, yes, this you gained at salvation. However, the gift of intimacy in the Holy Ghost has been presented you here and now, but it is up to you to come and drink of these Waters. Jesus has given you full right to drink of this River, but as you know you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink. No one can do this for you, but you. Choose, then, to daily take this decisive step.

Here and now I have led you to these Waters, allow this wonder to be developed in you and do not hold back. For the Father has withheld NOTHING from you, not even His Son. And the Son has not withheld

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ANYTHING from you, not even His own life. If you came to realise even in an inkling the intimacy, the Love, and the closest of relationship that the Father longs to have with you, and what this leads to, you would weep with the deepest of tears. No longer allow the Thief, the Liar (John 8:44), to belittle and steal this from you. Neither allow others to quench your fire, but give place for the Fire of God, and the wonders of the Kingdom to be opened up to you … in Jesus most precious Name!

Do not let your prayers be hindered. It is up to you to manage what you allow in between you and Jesus. The Evil One continually endeavours to bring of himself between you and Jesus, with the impressions of his foul emotions, lures, or condemnation. Even sin, pride, religion and forms of hatred. You have one Teacher and that is Jesus; not circumstances, nor issues, depression or oppression ‐ but Jesus. Allow Jesus to be your Teacher as you walk with Him. It is the Antichrist of whom always is at work to come ‘in place’ of Jesus or act contrary to Him. But let nothing hinder your prayers. You have the opportunity to go directly to the Father as Jesus Himself, by the Mercies of the Blood and the Cross. Jesus is your One Teacher, follow and pursue Him (John 21:22).

If people come with a genuine love and in encouragement point to Jesus, then take their encouragement and enjoy it. But be careful, you do not have to wear the words of all those who come ‘in the Name of Jesus’. There are those of whom approach you out of criticism and judgement, pointing even to their knowledge of God and to their righteous deeds. Be very cautious, be “shrewd as a snake but gentle as a dove” (Matt. 10:16). It is the Holy Spirit in Person, in His Love and Grace, that leads you by your hand and bears Witness of Jesus alive in you. Not knowledge alone, but the tangible manifest realities of the Love and Might of God resting upon your life. Allow your prayers to be unhindered and fully released before your Papa who is in Heaven, and He will bear Witness through you.

Scripture:

God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Heb. 2:4 NKJV)

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There are people in our current generation that the Lord is doing amazing works through; building churches in the most hostile places, healing the sick and raising the dead. Though I deeply respect and honour them, they are not the Christ. I deeply honour the work that the Father is doing through them and wish even to do as they, but I don’t know how. One thing I do know is that the same Word of God is presented me, the same Gifts are set before me, and I am born of the same Blood and of the same Spirit. The answer is not to emulate them but Jesus of whom they point to. It is through relationship, my own intimate relationship with Jesus, that makes this possible. It is the Father of whom has raised them up and it is He who is also desiring to raise and prepare both you and I.

We are not under flesh but the Spirit, it is the Spirit that raises us as we allow Him each day. Emulating others is not the calling of the Gospel, emulating and becoming as Christ Jesus is. For He alone is the “Light of the world” (John 8:12, 14). I know the same path is available for the Father to do great works through me as they, but I am not the same as them. It is the Lord of whom has raised them, and in just the same way it is the Lord of whom is raising you and I in the Love, the Might, and the Glory of the Lord. In Isaiah 41:15 God says, “Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and shall make the hills like chaff.”

No one can make you or I a sharp instrument, but the Lord. I will not be discouraged, Jesus is my Instructor not the following or emulating of others. If people, however, in the Love of God are pointing to Jesus, I gladly listen to them. For it is in Jesus that one can be truly encouraged, strengthened and lifted up. He is my Teacher and Friend and the one who died for me. The Holy Spirit is my Counsellor and my Gift, and the Father my Gardener and Sculptor of my life (Matt. 23:8‐10). It is they of whom we seek, that raise and shape you and I to behold and carry the ever increasing Glory, and Purposes, of the Kingdom of God.

The Love of God is more than emotions, the Voice of God much more than words; it is the manifest Love, the tangible Presence, and the active Counsel of the Lord. The Words that “proceed from the mouth of God” are the continual Instruction, the Knowledge, the Glory, and the Might of God resting upon your life. This ‘anointing’ is part of the value of earnestly

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waiting upon the Lord. A lifestyle of prayer and fasting, humbling yourself before the Lord your God, brings a deep and continual tenderness in Him. A kindling of soul, a sensitivity of heart to the Heart of the Father. What we need is the Voice of God flowing like a river in our soul, being fully united and made one in the Branch. The Words that proceed from the mouth of God, this Love of God that wells up like a Spring, is so invaluable to each one of us and to the world of which we live.

Being rooted and securely founded deep in the Love of God. (Eph. 3:14‐19)

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I never realised that it is possible to have such a close relationship with you. Such a personal and endearing relationship. Lord I realise that this depth of relationship is central to the Gospel, that Jesus was crucified that I too can live united in the Lord. Lord, I pray that you lead me close, even tender in the Lord, that I may know you as Jesus knew you. And through this closest of relationship that you can make yourself known through me to the blessing of the world around me and the honour of the Father. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #31: Seek Heaven

“Seek Heaven”

The prayer of the Father is for you to seek Heaven (Matt. 6:9‐13), and to seek the precious Gifts of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor. chpt 12‐14:5). Each one of us being a gateway for the Kingdom of God for our world. Realise this: Jesus hasn’t saved us only that one day we might go to Heaven. No, but that Heaven may come upon us and through us, here and now, just as in the life of Jesus (1 John 4:17). Retain, therefore, the deepest of hunger for the Presence of God manifest … seeking Heaven resting upon your life.

Matthew 6:9‐13:

The Prayer of the Father is that you might earnestly seek Heaven: His ‘Kingdom come and His Will be done, just as it is in Heaven.’

As you personally choose to send your roots into the Word and Love of God, your tap‐root into the Spirit of the Living God, He begins to increasingly rise up upon you. In seeking Jesus manifest, He comes and stands tall in you. Not a defeated cowering Jesus, but He who was triumphant over both Sin and Death. Our Resurrected Jesus abiding within us in His Glory, with fire in His eyes and His voice sounding like a raging river (Rev. 1:12‐18). Through a singleness of heart, earnestly seek Heaven; the Presence and the Anointing of the Holy Ghost upon your life. With your love set upon the Lord, you become joined in the Love of God. Through this ‘intimacy’, this union with the Lord, He is increasingly drawn into your world; in His Glory.

Intimacy leads to knowing, and knowing leads to the Anointing of the Holy Ghost. As you gain a greater intimacy and love in the Father (an unadulterated love), He makes Himself known to you, and He causes you to come to know Him. This knowing of the Father, this closest‐of‐ relationship, allows and makes place for an ever increasing Anointing upon your life. For as you draw close to the Father, He Himself is only drawn personally ever closer to you. And as the “Glory fills the Temple, the cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord” (Ez. 10:4). So too does the Glory of the Lord fill the Temple within you, and the radiance of the Glory of the Lord emanates from your life into your world.

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The heart’s focus is towards intimacy in the Father, for intimacy brings a knowing of Him. As you come to know the Father; then His Presence, His Counsel, and His Might comes increasingly upon your life. A tight bond and a trust is developed by Him in you; and doubt, shame, and fear simply fades away. ‘Abiding’ and bonded in Him causes the Father to burst through your life to the blessing of your world. Truly the Kingdom has come!

This has nothing to do with your stature as a person or your standing in the eyes of others. For as Moses was a very humble man and even struggled with stuttering, and even though he as a person had very low personal self‐esteem, yet he spoke face to face with God. Our vision is not to our hands, or what we see about us, nor the opinions of others; for in the Presence of God, He will give you eyes that clearly see, and ears that clearly hear. Through the Manna He gives you to eat each day, your dry branch shall ‘bud’, and from the Mercy Seat in the Tabernacle of the Lord, the Glory of God shall come upon you. And as you come to abide in His Glory, in the Presence of the Lord, even your face comes to glow like a lightbulb (Ex. 34:29).

The disciples, after Jesus ascended into Heaven, waited in the Upper Room. These men and women, behind closed the doors, prayed and fasted, and around the Word waited upon the Lord; and at a time when God was ready, the Fire came. If you only had a glimpse of how much the Father desires to rest upon your life, in His Glory! Therefore, be encouraged, for in you beats the Heart of the Father, in you is the Breath of Life (2 Kings 4:34‐35), upon you is the Glory of Jesus, and from you flows the River of Life.

‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace’.

Allow the refreshing of the Lord to come upon your life. Allow your hope to be renewed. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The Lord your God is able to turn even these dry bones into

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living souls. Therefore, allow Him to open your eyes, you are not alone. Allow Him to give you eyes that see the splendour that is before you (Eph. 1:17‐23). Jesus comes to all who seek Him, all who seek Him in spirit and in truth. He comes to the lost and the weary‐hearted, to set the captives free and to loose the heavy chains. He has come to destroy the works of the Evil One (1 John 3:8), and to pronounce this year as the year the “favour of the Lord has come” (Luke 4:18‐19).

Heavenly Father, we join with you in your Heart’s Prayer. Lord, we seek your Presence manifest in our world, we seek Heaven come. Thank you for this most precious gift, even our Hope that goes in behind the Curtain right into the Holy of Holies. Lord, may your Kingdom come, your Will be done earth, just as it is in Heaven. We thank you, in Jesus most precious Name.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I desire to seek you Kingdom come even Heaven on earth and in the world of which I live. Thank you for this most precious gift that I can be a part of your Kingdom. Lord, please help me not be a blockage restricting the purposes of God. Please guide me close in the Lord so that Kingdom may flow freely and abundantly in and through me. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #32: Seek Heaven

“Seek the Gifts”

Opening Scripture:
1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, I do not want you to be ignorant. 7 To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 31 (Therefore) eagerly desire the greater gifts. 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” (1 Cor. 12‐14)

Attitude of soul: as you seek the tangible, active, and manifest Person of God in the secret place, the Spirit of God will bring you regularly into the Courts of Heaven. Some of you into realms beyond belief, comprehension, or definition (2 Cor. 12:2‐5). Believe the Word of God that is right in front of you, for if you cannot receive these “earthly teachings” how can you ever enter into that of which both the Word points to, as well as that of which the Lord wants to tell you, show you, and give you of Heaven (John 3:12)?

Realise that there are many doctrines that have completely closed doors to you, ‘Christian’ teachings and cultures that deny the Spirit and Purposes of God fulfilled. Ministries going far and wide to invite people into the Kingdom of God, only then to deny them full entry (Matt. 23:13). As you come to honestly and truly seek the closest of relationship with the Person of Jesus, He will open your eyes and lead you deeper in. As you come to believe and long to walk in the fullness of what the Gospel speaks, He will open the way for you. It is a very ‘narrow path’, but Jesus Himself will show you the ‘Way’ and lead you in it. He will reveal and manifest Himself in most powerful ways (John 14:21), even ‘rending’ the Heavens. He rends the Heavens so to come down and make His Name known to His Enemies and cause the nations to quake before Him. This He does for those who of heart simply wait in earnest for Him (Is. 64:1‐4).

There are many Christian doctrines preached that run contrary to the heart of the Gospel, but this is to be expected, for we know that the Antichrist has come. It is this ‘contrary spirit’ that attempts to cage you in doctrines and law, in man’s ‘wisdoms’ and limited ‘understanding’, to keep you closed to the power of the Kingdom. This antichrist spirit is purposed

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in keeping the Father from honouring the Son through you to the measure He Himself desires.

Therefore, step back from living a life only of self‐directed‐indulgence and give place for the Person of Jesus to open your eyes in your closed‐ sessions in the Lord. Allow Him to open doors that have kept you closed off to His Glory, Might, and to the outpouring of the Spirit of God. Allow the Holy Spirit within you to raise a standard against the Enemy. The Enemy that has killed your friends, that has people you know bound in sicknesses and addictions, that keeps people around you caged in depression and oppression, poverty and hopelessness. It’s enough. Enough is enough! Pursue the King of Glory and not religion. Jesus in Person is the Answer!

Don’t find yourself comfortable (stagnant) according to lists of laws that you choose to adhere to, or at ‘rest’ in doctrines that you have defined: but open your heart and mind to a deepening relationship, even ever‐ deeply‐close in the Lord. For this is the right ‘root’; love‐to‐Love joined in the Lord God Almighty. With rich bond‐ties between you and the Father, of whom leads you in all righteousness. Just as in the life of Jesus, it is God who does the work, and just as in the book of Acts it is God who adds to the Church.

In the Glory of God, in His Presence, from right within the Courts of Heaven, the Spirit will equip you, He will Anoint you and Grace you with Power from on High (Luke 24:49). In His Courts, we are dressed and crowned with the Authority to heal and to cast out demons. Therefore, you go heal, therefore, you go cast out the demon (John 16:26‐27, Matt. 10:7‐8). By the Glory of God within you, bring Jesus’ healing virtue upon them. Allow He who is Resurrected to stand up tall in your soul, and by the same Resurrection Power that raised Him from the dead: heal the sick and set people free, even to Life Eternal.

The Word of God truly received and sown to heart is a Sword against the Enemy. The same Word spoken from your mouth cuts him down. Praising and worshipping Jesus for the Blood He shed breaks down even the most mighty walls and strongholds and protects you from any attack. The Spirit within you thwarts the efforts of the Enemy and strips him bare and

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devoid of power, and after him being broken, Jesus brings healing in His wake and restoration in His Hands.

Lord, I want to join with you in what you desire to do. I want to break the Enemy’s hold that keeps people suffering. I want to break the chains that have people so brutally bound. Lord, I long to join with you in your Heart’s desire to bring Life. I, therefore, eagerly pursue the Gifts of the Spirit that you have purposed for me since before the beginning of time. The Gifts that are for me, that are rightfully mine as a child of the Living God.

How do you seek the Gifts? Have you ever thought about it? Do you even believe that they are available to you? The Father is set on honouring the Son through His seeds, with mighty signs and wonders (Heb. 2:4), this is the way and nature of the Kingdom. This is His Heart’s plan and desire, do you believe that? Paul, one of the greatest influences of the Church through the ages, clearly states (opening Scripture): “eagerly seek the Gifts, even the greater Gift”, “follow the way of Love but eagerly desire the Gifts of the Spirit.”

When people say, ‘get to know the Word’, what does this mean? It means: get to know Jesus, for Jesus and the Word are One. Paul’s own heart was so fixed on ‘knowing Jesus’, and coming to “know the Power that raised Him from the dead.” It’s now time for us to be weaned off milk and sink our teeth into solid food. It is time for us all to no longer just sit by, waiting for food to be brought to us, but for each one of us to get up out of the nest and fly. Learn how to wait upon the Lord, learn how to seek His Presence tangible, active, and manifest upon your life and experience the power and benefit of it. Allow yourself to be Anointed by the Lord to live a victorious and effective life in Christ, full of the Holy Ghost and Power; just as purposed by the spilling of His precious Blood.

If you really want the Gifts and Promises of the Gospel, the answer is not in them but in He who gives them. As humans beings, we are naturally so directed to the flesh and not the Spirit. We don’t know how to be directed in or by the Spirit, nor enter into the realms of the Gifts and the Promises. Though Salvation is free it costs your flesh to participate in the Life and the Power that it brings. These things are free but you have to go and get them, you have to ask of the Father. Therefore seek Him and allow the

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obstructions to be torn down. It is the Spirit that you fully set your heart upon, of who’s Love and Vision overwhelms your flesh. It is the ‘Dream’ personally given you that allows you to so willingly put the flesh aside. For, in the end, it is the flesh that costs you dearly, it is the mind‐sets of the flesh that steal from you. As you willingly lay your life down in the Rest of the Lord, even in the ‘Place of Repose’ (Is. 28:12), the Spirit Himself lifts you up into the realms of the Kingdom, the Glory, and of the Power of God. Therefore, “as the wind blows wherever it pleases so it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). And just as in the life of Jesus, “it is God within me who does the work,” and “I only will say that of which I hear from my Father.”

Purifying Silver: with the Gifts comes great responsibility, you can’t live like you used to. The Enemy is opposed to the Gifts for they are the very Hand of God directly against Him ‐ through you. So we need to purpose ourselves unto purity and holiness; heart, soul, mind, and flesh. As you love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and flesh (ie; nothing left over); seek Him with the same attitude. Our human capacity is not capable in the slightest, this comes only by the Spirit. As when a silversmith purifies silver, and personally stands by watching over it, he knows when the silver is pure when he can clearly see his own reflected face. When you come to seek the Person of God with all you are, the Father Himself personally stands close watching over you. He works intently in you with this purpose: that His Glory may shine, reflect, and come through your life in ever‐increasing measure. The Blood of the Lamb giving you full access to the Father, but it is He who is deeply welcomed by you, that prepares and allows you to walk in the unfathomable Glory of the Lord. And this in spite of your flesh, your doctrine, or your knowledge; you being clothed by Heaven, and the Armour of God tried and true, is placed upon you.

So as you pray and fast seeking the Person of God (Deut. 8:3, Matt. 9:15, Dan. 10), as you close the door (Matt. 6:6) and go aside into a lonely place (Luke 5:16), or get up early before sunrise to seek the Heaven (Mark 1:35), enter the Place of Repose (1 John 3:19, Heb. 4:3, Is. 28:11‐13). As you sit at Jesus’ feet (Luke 10:39) and wait upon the Lord (Acts 1:4, Matt 25:13, Luke 12:37, Ps. 27:14, Is. 40:31), in praise and worship of soul (Psalms, Acts 16:25‐26), retain the deepest thirst and hunger for the Lord your God (Ps. 107:9, Ps. 63:1, Is. 55:1, John 7:37, Rev. 21:6, Rev. 22:17). Seeking the Face

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of God (Ps. 27:7‐9) and longing to dwell in His Courts (Ps. 84:2). As you abide in the Secret Place of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1) eagerly seeking His Presence manifest, tangible, and active upon your life (John 14:21), I pray that the Glory of God comes upon you, in increasing measure, to the honour of His Son, Christ Jesus. The Kingdom come and God’s perfect Will be done … on earth just as it is in Heaven.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I recognise the Gifts of the Spirit. I recognise that they are destined for me, here and now, for the honour of God and the ‘healing of the nations’. Lord, I rest in the fact that they are for me and have been set in place for me to participate in since before the Foundations of the Earth. Lord, with an open heart, I pray that you may impart to me these Gifts of the Spirit that they may flow liberally in me for the purposes of the Kingdom and the blessings of the suffering. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #33: Seek Heaven

“Place of Repose”

“It’s not right for a little child of God to be left alone, where I cannot see your Face or hear your Voice, nor be left unfed and unkept, hence I ‘cry out’ to you Lord …

Theme Scripture:

Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.” (Is. 28:11‐13 NIV)

As you follow Biblical principle and choose to enter the Rest of God, He leads you into the Secret Place, the Meeting Place of the Lord. He leads you into rich pastures and allows you to recline in His Presence. In this precious, precious place He ministers into your soul, your mind, and your flesh; instructing you and sowing into you of Himself. As you wait upon the Lord, He responds, and visits you (when it suits Him), and He adorns you of the Glory of Heaven. In His Presence, He Anoints your head, Gifts you, and opens the Living Word of God unto your ears, your eyes, and your heart.

Lord, it is dearly precious to me that I can delight in you in the early morning, seeking your Face in the secret place, and you come and “openly reward” me (Matt. 6). Here in your Presence comes the deepest of praise uttered by the Holy Ghost and you pick me up lifting me into your Presence once again. You instruct me in the Word and lead me into a new song, your Love comes upon me and shifts me deep in my soul. I delight to meet with the Lord of Glory and abide here in your midst. Here you adorn me from High and place something new upon my life each day. Thank you Lord, for the precious Cross, the laying down of your life for me, that I can enter the Courts of God all the moments of my day and eat richly of the Table of the Lord, drinking daily of the New Wine.

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John 5:37‐42: One time when Jesus was dealing with the uncompassionate religious leaders of His day, He said this to them: “you have never heard God’s Voice or seen His form, nor do you have His Word abiding in you or His Love resting upon your life.” Do you realise that Jesus would not have accused them of something that they could never have had? Be encouraged then, for as you approach the Lord of Glory, and choose to come to know Him and be known by Him (Matt. 7:23), you enter into the ministering Grace of the Lord … the Place of Repose.

Realise, as a ‘little child’ of the Living God, you can be picked up and lifted into His Presence; hearing His Voice, seeing His form, having His Word abide in your soul, and His Love resting upon your life. This is a most precious place. Here, in His Presence, He feeds you from His Banqueting Table and clothes you of the Glory that is of Heaven. He places a crown upon your head and a ring upon your finger (sonship), and of the Spirit He joins you united one unto Himself, Anointing you in the Presence of the Lord. And it is from this deep‐rooted‐bond in the Lord that He does His Work through you, not under human sentiment or strength, but of the Spirit of God.

The manifest Love and Grace of God upon your life, guides and moves you in your very next thought. His Anointing comes upon your life with such tangible realities, it is very precious, and it brings deep shifts in your soul. For in the midst of the maze, the webs, and the storms of life you can choose to set your heart at Rest in His Presence, even reclining in the Lord, and experience the ministering Grace of the Person of Jesus. Living, therefore, continually under the Unction, the Power, and the Authority of the Holy Ghost.

He renews the strength of your bones, He refreshes the air in your lungs. He puts a lightness in your step and song in your heart. He fills you with dreams and visions, and inspires your thoughts and thinking. He opens your eyes to the Glory that is before you and sets you in such Wonder and Splendour. He causes you to run and not go weary, even as the youths grow faint He causes you to mount up on wings like eagles. Your Lord Jesus, by the Spirit of the Living God, does this … in this Place of Repose. Why would I wish to be founded in any other place, or set my heart on any other care, or be influenced by the ‘scoffer’ (book of Exodus)? For in this

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Place of Repose, this reclining in the Lord, this ‘at Rest in His Presence’; His Love and Presence upon your life guides you even in the very next step, even the very next thought, the very next feeling, and the very next action; graced with the Spirit, the Counsel, and the Might of God.

Virgin Birth, unconventional means: be anxious not in life, but instead when needed pray multiplication. Carry no cares, but when the land is barren and dry; pray for water. Enquire of the Lord, pray the Counsel, pray the Hand of God … and seek His Face. For in the Presence of God, His Voice speaks deep in your soul of the Ways of God, and what to pray in the moment. And through the closeness that comes, He imparts to you the deepest of confidence in the Lord, ie; Faith.

Scripture:
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15 NIV)

Mt. Sinai: can you recall what the primary reason that the Children of Israel were led out of Egypt? Do you remember? It was first to meet with God at Mt. Sinai, the ‘Mountain of the Lord’, ie; personal‐close‐ relationship. To hear His Voice, see His form and have His Word abide in them (Ex. 19:9). And if the people had remained happy to hear God’s Voice rather than only Law or the opinion of others, then they would have quickly crossed through the river Jordan and entered the Promise Land (Ex. 20:19, 1 Sam. 8:6‐7). The Law doesn’t give you confidence so much as the Lord you seek does: His Living Word in your soul, or upon your ears, silences the Scoffer’s voice.

When the 12 spies were first sent in to spy out the land, and only two said, ‘we can do it’ (Num. 13 & 14). If they had enquired of the Lord instead of only relying only on their own understanding and the opinions of others, then they would have had confidence to enter into the Promise Land right then and there. They all had the Law, but not many of them had their ear or heart inclined unto the Lord. Understand this: the Scoffer’s voice steals from you, and robs you of the Promises issued and presented to you by the Father.

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The Exodus story is a type, a picture, of your walk in the Kingdom here today. The same Scoffer’s voice attempts to influence you as it did when the Israelites were leaving Egypt. The same unbelieving scoffer was in the desert with them as the pillar of cloud led them during the day and the pillar of fire at night. The same scoffer’s voice influenced their hearts and got them to make an idol of gold, replacing the God who saves. Realise, if they had not allowed themselves to be influenced by the scoffer but hungered for the “word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3) then they would have entered swiftly into the Promises of God and possessed the fullness of it. This exact same principle is set before you today. But in the end, they wandered in the desert for forty years, and none, but only a few, saw ANY of the Promise Land. Let this Exodus story express the picture that is the same for you today, as a People who are entering into the Promise Land of God, let the Voice of God, the Unction, lead you and raise you and not the spirit of the Scoffer. This is found in the secret place. There is always, always, always more that is in God for you to receive, there is always closer that you can be drawn in Him, and always a greater Anointing to walk in. Rest not in law, doctrine, or pride; but in the Person of the Holy Ghost.

So the encouragement is always, first: meet the Lord, remain in Him and abide in His continual ministering Grace. From here He will open the Word and His Ways to you. Otherwise instead of coming and entering the Place of Repose, the Word of God itself will come to you as lists of do’s and do not’s. And though you follow a personal chosen list of law and doctrine you will not have the confidence that allows you to freely and liberally draw from Heaven or have the keys that unlock the fullness of the Gospel message. The Law will not save you, only the bonded relationship in Christ Jesus. He will personally give you confidence and guidance to move forward, otherwise, you will live under the scoffer’s influence, the doubter’s loud voice, the unbeliever’s criticism and remain wandering in the barren wasteland. Now that ain’t fun!

Jesus, who willingly laid His life down for you, offers you this: set a watch tower (Hab. 2:1‐2) and learn to wait upon Him, set your heart in Him and come to live under the increased Anointing, Grace, and Unction of the Holy Ghost. This Unction and Anointing ‘controls’ how you think and feel. With an attitude of soul, seek a closeness in Him, a personal real

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connection in Him. For as you Rest from striving under flesh‐self and seek His Presence, it is He ‐ Jesus ‐ that has you recline, and it is He ‐ Jesus ‐ that dresses Himself to serve and wait upon you (Luke 12:37). What does this mean? He will talk life with you, and around His Banqueting Table, share one‐to‐another; life. His Life comes into you, and your life being lifted up in Him: you come to eat of Heaven … you drink of Heaven … you partake of Heaven … you are filled of Heaven … and Anointed of Heaven. This is not of Law but of Grace, this is not of the flesh but if the Spirit. Therefore, you are led into that of which Christ Jesus was crucified to bring you … the rich Promises of God FULFILLED in you today.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord I am struggling, I don’t know how to enter this Place of Repose. I understand the truth of it but don’t know how to abide here. I know that this is the right place for your yolk is easy and your burden is light. Please lead me into the Place of Rest, even reclining regularly in your Presence and be ministered to by you. Lord, I yield my heart unto you Lord this day, even fully unto the Lord. I turn my ears away from the Scoffer, the Accuser, the Lustful one, and the Liar and open my ear unto my Heavenly Father. Please come upon my life and lift me up in you this day. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #34: Seek Heaven

“Let the Peace of God Rule Your Heart”

Scripture:

And said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:42 NIV)

Follow the heart of Jesus and allow the “Peace of God to rule your heart.” How precious it is to come to know the Peace of God that defies understanding and that totally transforms your life. For out of all the things in life that you can choose to participate in, coming to know the Peace of God allows you to draw and receive from Him in most powerful ways. For otherwise then, regardless of your beliefs, Heaven seams hidden, appears distant and remote, and remains relatively unexperienced.

How much the Christian walk is of the Spirit, and how true it is that our flesh profits us nothing at all. Our flesh and understanding is meaningless compared to that of which the Lord desires to lead us in, raise us, and for each one of us to walk in; even to the full measure that the Gospel speaks. Come, direct your soul unto the Lord and dwell in the Love of God, personally abide and bond in the Vine and allow the Life of our Living God to liberally flow in you, forming the full Purposes of God in and through your life. The Kingdom of God is within you and therefore by nature, naturally bursts forth through your life, bringing God’s “perfect Will” being done “on earth”, in and through your life, “just as it is in Heaven.”

The Love of God is not only emotion, just as the Presence of God is not limited to feeling alone. The Love of God is the very Person of God ‐ for God is Love. In order to participate and live in the continual experience of the Love of God (Fruits of the Spirit), we all need to learn to fully yield our lives unto Him. Through all your questions, doubts, concerns and fears; the power is in the Love of God. Fear cannot co‐habitat with Love for ‘perfect’ Love triumphs over ALL fear. If you fear, if you stress, if you are tormented by the oppression of the demon, if you suffer depression and confusion; realise this very truth: it is because you have not “fully experienced His perfect Love” (1 John 4:18 NLT). Choose then, to simply seek His manifest Presence anew each and every day and come to abide in His Perfect Love.

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Your love directed upon the Lord draws God ‐ He who is Love. And as you do, you begin to live in the continual experience of the liberating and deeply strengthening power of the Love of God.

The Love of God is patient, His Love is kind. God’s Love towards you keeps no record of wrongs, it always protects, it always hopes, and it always perseveres on your behalf (1 Cor. 13). The Love of God keeps no record of your wrongs, therefore, fully release your life daily in the Love of God and abide in His ministering Grace. Being refreshed daily in the Love of God for He holds no records of wrongs, but hopes for you, perseveres for you, protects you, and strives on your behalf. The Key is abiding in the Love of God (John 15). Carry no record of wrongs yourself, free yourself in His saving Grace and step into the Peace of God that transcends all understanding and defies comprehension (Phil. 4:7).

Yield your life fully in the Lord. To abide in the Love of God is to actively participate in His Salvation. His Salvation active in and through your life; through all your deeds, all your works, all your words, and in all where you tread. Jesus carried not the weight of the World, but abided fully in the Love of God. Upon His Face was the Peace of God, and the Anointing flowed through Him as He Himself abided in the Love of God, being fully bonded in Him; spirit, soul, mind, and body. Though the World was on His shoulders and the preparation of the Gospel since the beginning of time, He was not under its weight for He chose to live fully yielded unto the Lord.

The Love of God that comes upon a believer has a language, has a nature about it, that transcends all other languages, barriers, cultures and beliefs.

To abide in the Love of God, and to live in the active experience of His Salvation and Resurrection Power, is to come to fully yield your life in Him ‐ every day (Luke 9:23). You cannot seek the Lord your God with half an effort, with partial pursuit, with half faith in Him mixed with faith in other things; but fully unto the Lord (Matt. 22:37). Let the Peace of God RULE! your heart and He will guide you in your very next step. Now you can rise up, as Jesus, and calm the ‘storm’ with a commanding word.

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Though your confession is in the Name of Jesus, your heart can be entirely elsewhere; even unbeknown to you, but in the eyes of God. To truly participate in the Spirit, to truly walk in the Love of God, and to truly abide in the “Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6); come then to fully yield your life in Him. Let the “Peace of God rule your heart” (Col. 3:15), “delight yourself” (Is. 37:4) in Him and allow His ministering Presence to come upon your life anew and afresh every day and in every moment. As you go about life and ministry choose to abide in the Prince of Peace, for it is the Peace of God that is as a watchful eye set upon the Lord; sensitive and aware of the Spirit of God.

The sharp end of the axe is the Spirit of God and back‐end of the axe is your flesh and understanding (Prov. 3:5). The flesh is as useless in the Kingdom of God just as the back‐end of an axe is useless for cutting wood. Come into alignment with the Gospel and understand that it is the front‐ end of the axe that fulfils the purposes of the Kingdom; that is the Spirit of the Living God. But your alignment in the Spirit can be blunt, your “keeping in step with the Spirit” can be out of step, remaining even outside your capacity to understand what it means, let alone walk in (Gal 5:25). But remember that it is the Spirit that “makes you” into a “sharp instrument” (Is. 41:15), it is not your flesh or your understanding. Therefore, learn to fully yield yourself to the Spirit, daily, and He will go forth before you and make way for you. As the first primary thing: daily seek the Spirit, seek the Presence of God, seek the Anointing and invite Him to come. Seek to abide in His Love and experience His Love upon you. Quieten your soul, meditate on the Word, set a watch; keeping a lookout for the Lord your God to meet with Him and He with you.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I seek your perfect Will be done in my life and through my life, just as it is in Heaven. Lord, thank you for this precious Key, that I can choose to allow the Peace of God to rule my heart. Lord, though this peace is beyond my experience right now, I receive it as truth. Lord, I fully yield my life in you, this moment and from now on, that the Peace of God may rule in me, that this same Peace may guide me in even the very next step I take. I choose to live my life submitted to the Spirit that I may be led and raised by Him; He who is intent on bringing me life in all its fullness. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #35: Seek Heaven

“The Peace of God Rules my Heart!”

Of my flesh I have no answer, but the Spirit is the Answer! I have no answer for the issues of life that we face, of myself I have no answer for the evil that is rampant in the world. I don’t have the answer for the world and all its problems, the sickness, the death or the salvation of mankind. I don’t have an answer even for the mistakes I have made, or the future that is before me. But in the Presence of God, of whom I choose to delight and seek anew each day, the Holy Spirit has all the answers!

I choose, then, to be anxious for nothing but seek the deepest of sensitivity and the deepest of awareness in the Holy Ghost. Even to the measure that Jesus Himself lived in, and of which He taught, and of which the Spirit leads. All issues of life I lay at the feet of the Lord, that He may truly be Lord; I release all to the care of the Lord that His Goodness may manifest abundantly upon my life. I do not have the answer, but Jesus is the Answer. The Holy Ghost and the Presence of the Lord God is the answer, therefore, I dearly wish to draw Him close and close I shall be drawn.

I am learning to care not but for the Love of God and for Him to Work through my life. That His Love may break forth and His Hand moved by that of a little child. Thank you, Lord, for the delight that I can praise your name and live in continual experience of the wonder of Heaven. I choose not to care but for the goodness of God; for of my flesh I can do no‐thing, it is the Spirit of God that is the Answer.

Faith and Rest are synonymous: choose then to live free of cares, for faith retains an attitude of absolute trust. Choosing then to live free of anxiety, free of fear, free of worry is to enter into an attitude of complete Rest; resting in the finished work of the Cross. Resting in the reality that God is at work on your behalf, and that you have a Friend in Heaven who is with you and is fighting for your cause.

Scripture:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1)

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Retain a heart that is free of cares for a free spirit in the Lord makes way for a deepening sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. It is a soul fully free and fully yielded unto the Lord of whom builds an acute awareness of the Spirit of God. A soul that remains free of cares ‘attracts’ the Holy Spirit, and remaining free of cares draws the Father dearly close; allowing for a greater awareness of His manifest Presence and His Hand upon your life. To choose to live free in spirit, this speaks of your love, your hope, your confidence, and your trust in the Lord. It is in this ‘Secret Place’, this ‘Cleft of the Rock’, that your eyes are opened to the Heart of the Father, and of the vast possibilities of Heaven. Retaining a freedom of spirit opens your ears to the Counsel and your heart to the Witness of the Holy Spirit upon your life.

Therefore, I personally choose to care not but for the deepest sensitivity to the Spirit of God that is available in Christ Jesus. For in the Presence of God is the Love of God, the Counsel, and His Might. So I choose to become as a little child and place my cares in Him, fully unto the Lord, for He continually comes to me in the middle of the night and He meets with me during my day. He wakes me at night and stirs me through the day, He counsels me for I choose to keep watch and my ear remains attentive to Him (Sam. 3); just as a little child for his Papa to come home. He shares with me deep mysteries, and confides Himself in me, opening my eyes unto Heaven (Ps. 25:14‐15). He prepares my feet where they should walk, He inspires me in my work. He gives me visions and dreams (Acts 2:17), ministering deeply into my soul and my flesh, anointing my mouth to speak and my hands to heal (Mark 3:14).

If you deeply desire to have great faith then you need to come to know that you have a great God. This is found in the Secret Place.

Faith does not originate in you, we are not its source. The Source of Faith is in He who is both the “Beginning” and the “End.” Cherish, therefore, the Freedom that is in Christ Jesus, “stand firm and do not allow yourself to be burdened again under a yolk of slavery”, for it is “for freedom that Christ has set you free!” In making the choice to remain free in soul is to gain a greater awareness of the Spirit of God and tenderness to His ministering

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Grace. To live free in spirit is to live in deep communion with the Lord, in continual flow of spirit to Spirit communion between you and the Father.

In this Secret Place, the Spirit can come upon you rising up overwhelming you in the deepest of Praise, in deep deep groans in your spirit unto the Lord (Rom. 8:26‐27). Jesus can come and stand in your midst and you find yourself no longer being able to stand but fall to your knees in His Presence (Rom. 14:11). A gifting, an impartation occurs in this Place and His Love comes as the “radiance of His Glory”. This is not of your flesh but is of the Spirit in whom you can choose to abide at ease; free in soul. If you allow Him, He can raise you and instructs your soul in the right Way. Choose, then, to set a watch for Him at night and during the day, keeping an ear to Him even during the night and gladly getting up and responding. Regardless of what might wake you, turning your heart and delight in the Lord of Glory, and waiting to hear His Voice. For nothing is of more value (Matt. 13:44) than the Spirit sharpening, forming you, and raising you day by day, for this is the Way of the Kingdom for all who love the Lord.

Scripture:
I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the LORD answered me and said: “write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it … “Behold … the just shall live by his faith.” (Hab. 2:1‐4 NKJV)

Come and set a “watch to see what the Lord will say to you” … and “write the vision.” As a deep attitude of soul, roll out a carpet, set a table, prepare a chair for the Lord your God to visit you. Humble yourself before Him and deeply welcome Him. The Voice of God is more than words, the Words that “proceed from the mouth of God” is more than instruction; His Voice is Life, His Voice is Love, and His Voice heals, restores and strengthens. However, do not accept all the thoughts that come to mind, but “lay captive” (2 Cor. 10:5) those that come to “kill, steal, and destroy”, they that run contrary to the Gospel; this ‘voice’ is of the cunning of the Enemy. The Enemy’s voice is laced with bondage, oppression, hopelessness, pride, hatred and accusation. Realise this very truth: God’s Voice brings “life and life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). It is uplifting,

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strengthening, and inspiring in the things of God; giving you the greatest of Hope.

Your prayers are “tabled” before the Lord. “By prayer and petition present your requests to the Lord” (Phil. 4:6). Come to see the value of writing your prayers and dialogues before the Lord. Remember how king David always “enquired of the Lord” (Ps. 27:4), and he was known as both a great prophet and a king. Seek, therefore, the gift of prophecy (1 Cor. 14:1) and practice journaling some of your deep‐souled requests and petitions; and that of which comes to heart.

Do you realise that the very Book of Psalms is a written collection of David’s prayers and dialogues with the Father? So be encouraged to articulate some of your prayers in written form and ‘table’ them before the Lord, and as you do, you will find the Lord responds in kind. The Lord will open the Word of God to you, and even the “words that proceed from His mouth” will be so precious, new, and strengthening that you need to write them down to keep and reflect upon later. You find yourself freely beginning to journal your open dialogues in the Lord, and the Spirit of God will bring an answer to everything that you face as the Love of God rests upon your life.

Make this a new habit of life: go aside into a secret place and quieten your soul and thoughts down, coming to allow the Peace of God to rule your heart. Delight yourself in the Lord in simple praise and worship. Turn on your favourite worship music, sit down with an open Bible, seeking His Presence come completely new and fresh again this day, just like daily Manna (Luke 11:3). The Key is to quieten your soul, wait and be ready for Him to come whenever He likes; living your life as an open invitation to the Lord. As you wait for Him and meditate on His Word, write the dreams and request of your heart, ‘praying’ them unto the Lord. Set yourself aside with the firm understanding that the Lord dearly wishes to meet with you, but will come in His own time and way. You will find then, that the Spirit of God within you begins to ‘groan’ prayers deep in your soul with words that you will find difficult to keep up as you try to write them down. For as you delight yourself in the Lord, He desires to fulfil all the dreams of your heart (Ps. 37:4), and the Spirit comes offering powerful prayers on your behalf.

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Let us all learn to hear the Voice of God and be no longer living ‘deaf’ to the Unction of the Holy Ghost (prompting, suggestion, sudden revelation and anointed power). Let us no longer be like a deaf dancer, who cannot hear the music, but only does what he sees others doing, and saying only what he hears others saying (Matt. 15:14). But choose to remain free in spirit making place for the deepening sensitivity and awareness of the Spirit of God upon your life. So that when you pray it is under the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, according to His leading and Power and not copying formulas, recipes, methods or words. For this is the way that Jesus lived, and it is what He taught us to do; in order to walk in “Signs and Wonders.” For He only did what He saw and what He heard His Father doing; living under the continual Anointing and leading of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, allow the Spirit of God to continually “open the eyes of your heart” (Eph. 1:18) so that you might ‘see’.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please lead me in the ways of the Spirit of God, and open the eyes of my heart that I might be led by the Spirit according to your ways and purposes. Lord, I choose and decide every day, from today on, to allow the Peace of God to rule my heart; that I may truly participate in the Love of God. Please help me Lord, I welcome you and invite you afresh each day. Please feel welcome to come whenever you like, I set a watch for you, a lookout in my soul. I choose to lay my cares into your hands and live this day in the Peace of God, that I might live all my days raised by the Spirit of God. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

The Peace of God RULES! my heart.

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Day #36: Lasting Fruit

“Constructing His Home in Our Hearts”

Scripture:
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:17‐18 NKJV)

I am not the answer, Jesus is the Answer. I am not the answer even for my own life or that of which is in front of me, but Jesus is the Answer. The Presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit upon your life is a rich rich gift and you are far from ever being alone for the Kingdom of God is upon you. Faith, ie; ‘belief’, is connection with Jesus. So in faith we reach out for Him to build in us deepening ties in the Holy Spirit … this is the answer.

Humbling yourself and coming to establish deep connection in Jesus is central to the believer’s life. Not our ministry, not our work, nor even our families; for Jesus is the Answer. Let us bring Him into the scene, let us bring Him central so that His Presence, Counsel, Love, and Hand might be active upon our lives; for our families, our work, and our ministries. You and I are not the answer for we are simply earthen vessels that are purposed, by God, to be fashioned to carry the very Glory of God. Let this be real … living filled with the Glory of God. This is the greatest of honour that believers share, but still, of ourselves we are nothing but Jesus is the Answer.

The Word of God is equivalent to Christ Jesus’ Personal Being. Coming then to meditate upon the Word of God, you are actually meeting with Him right now, for Jesus and the Word are One. As you ponder the Revelations of Heaven (the Kingdom) in your soul, it is not purposeless for you must realise that you are actually meeting with the King. As the Word that ‘proceeds from the mouth of God’ rises up in your soul, you are in His Presence being fed from the very Throne‐room of God. Let us not discount the Word nor be ignorant of the things of the Spirit; religion and the influences of the world have a way of stealing from you, it is the Spirit alone that brings you Life.

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Meditation is key, and what is this word ‘meditation?’ It is your heart that abides in deep communion with the Heart of the Father, and in continual sharing one to another as you go about daily life. Therefore, meditation upon the Word of God is very precious, for reflecting upon God is connecting and bonding in Him. It is your belief in Him and His Word that draws your heart towards Him; your belief joining with the Faith of God. So, in reality, a break in meditation is a break in God, and a break in communication with Him is a break in faith. So in this ‘break’ when you pray for a need, who then are you actually praying to?

Trust is your link: it is this link that connects you with Jesus and the Power of that Name. Without trust, who then are you praying to? For the truth is that you are speaking to yourself. God does not respond to prayers alone, but He responds to words, prayers, spoken in faith and trust.

Scripture:
Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Eph. 3:17‐19 NLT)

Jesus has purposed to come and “make His Home” in you, as you a believer come to allow and give Him place ‐ “as you trust in Him.” Therefore, it is clear to see that the connection point, the communication place with your Heavenly Father is in your own personal heart. It is not out there in what you see and hear, but it is in the depths of your heart as you live in “experience of the Love of Jesus.” It is within your spirit that you are raised and instructed by the Spirit of God; being ministered, taught and guided from within the depths of your soul, “your roots growing down into God’s Love” keeping “you strong.” Then being “made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

Come to understand this truth: that the medium of prayer is your spirit. ‘Prayer’ is heart‐to‐Heart communication with your Heavenly Father of whom abides right there within you ‐ “as you trust in Him”, ie; Rest. This

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dialogue occurring even right in the middle of normal life; when you are speaking with someone, or when you are in the middle of a meeting, or busy at work. Prayer is communication that needs never cease, your heart continuously ‘alive’ unto God. Be therefore anxious for nothing but for the deepest of ties in the Spirit of God. For it is the Spirit that has all the answers in every moment and in every step you take, others can help but only the Spirit is the Helper. To live in open dialogue in the Lord is available for all who believe. It is possible for your heart to be in continual dialogue and communion with God, without ceasing; this, in turn, is what it is meant to “believe” (opening Scripture).

There is a dialogue that occurs in the Presence of God that as you go about daily life ministers, instructs, and opens Heaven to you. What is another word for communication, or dialogue with God: it is prayer (ie; two‐way communication with God). We are called to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:16‐18), now you know how this is possible. The continual flow and interchange between you and the Trinity abiding within, that brings the richness of Heaven upon your life and all the more through your life. Now when you come to pray specifically for a need, He hears and responds for there is no break in communion at all between you and God, and He swiftly comes. Just as it was in the life of Jesus, for He lived life without separation but remaining deeply connected to our Heavenly Father. Not about having to become ready when a need is presented, but living always ready ‐ fully alive unto God. It comes natural then, that out of your heart flows Treasures from Heaven: the Good News, the Love, and the Glory of God. Your mouth and your actions speaking the “overflow of your heart”, which is God (Matt. 6:21); birthing His Goodness into your world.

A prayerful heart unto the Lord: “more of you Lord, less of me. More of your Faithfulness, more of your Goodness, more of your Love, more of your Kindness. Lord, more of your Presence upon my life, more awareness of you Lord, a greater consciousness of you abiding in me. I welcome you, Lord, I invite you. I lay my life down this day so that your Life may rise up in me. I thank you Lord, for everything but I desire to have you rise up in me. Lord, more of you and less of me …” As you come to the Lord in this attitude of heart, a heart seeking Him ‘in spirit’ (John 4:24), you will find that at a time when Jesus is ready, that His ministering Presence will come upon you; the connection being made. The Presence of God upon your life is not

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supposed to be a highlight but a lifestyle, your daily norm; this Abiding Place.

A break in faith is a break in God, a break in meditation and communication with the Father is a break in Him. God does not sing or dance to requests spoken from a heart that is distant and set on other concerns, but He swiftly responds to a prayer of faith spoken from within His very Presence. As Jesus, our Example, abided in Him, so it is to be our soul (and sole) purpose. What are we talking about here? Signs and Wonders (Heb. 2:4). What are we talking about? The consistent answer to prayer and the Hand of God being moved. What is this about? Breakthrough.

I can’t tell you how little your flesh helps you when it comes to breakthroughs. I can’t tell you how your bank account and education is insignificant when it comes to needing a breakthrough for your family, for a health matter, for a child, and even for your own situation. What is the answer … the Spirit! God is actively seeking out those who worship in spirit and in truth, but the modern materialistic church only worships God in truth, just like in school: ‘study the Word and now go to work’. Instead of ‘be filled with the Spirit of God and allow His Love and Power to move you in all that you say and do’.

Let us not be ignorant of the Spirit; it is love that draws God for He is Love. Sing this in your heart: “I love you, Lord, more than my broken state. I love you more than my very life.” If you desire breakthrough, love God, this is a prayer of the heart, and where does God dwell? In your heart! The Thief cannot stand in the Presence of Jesus … so draw your heart unto the Lord. As a believer, you can proclaim and profess as much as you like, but it is your heart unto the Lord that is the Key. Jesus’ Presence manifest in you is the answer, for all knees must bow! Including the breakthrough that you seek.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, please forgive me, I am a wretched sinner. How far I have fallen from the Glory and Purposes of God. But I know that you have purposed in yourself to raise and lift me up, I, therefore, give you full rights and lay my life into your hands; fully laying my life down as though I am dead but only finding myself alive in you. Lord, I trust in you

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please continue to build your Home in me. Here is my love, I place it all in you. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #37: Lasting Fruit

“Lasting Fruit”

The World needs Jesus alive and active in you and I, so, let us all learn how to never leave His Presence, how to never cease in our heart’s communion and dialogue in Him. As your heart honestly desires to draw close to the Spirit of God, He begins to feed your soul. In the morning when you choose to seek Him in the Secret Place you will find that the Spirit places prayers upon your lips, He teaches you how to pray, even when to command or when to be silent. The Spirit raises deep endearing praise from deep down in your soul unto the Lord as you are overwhelmed by His Presence once again. Prayer has its own language and this is given uniquely and personally to you by the Holy Ghost.

He will wake you at night and say, “meet with me”. He will call you by day and say, “fast for three days and prepare yourself for a meeting with the Lord.” He will draw you unto Scripture, He will draw you to other people’s preaching or writings. He will cause you to have a word in your heart and thoughts that don’t ever leave until you find a nut is cracked and you are able to walk into a realm of new understanding and revelation of the Lord. The Lord gives you according to your own heart’s desire, and He gives you what you yourself seek; so I deeply encourage you to quieten yourself down and seek the Presence of the Lord.

Knowledge is given to us by the Gospel message, but it is the Spirit that the message points to that leads you in the Knowledge of God.

A meeting with the Person of Jesus is a powerful encounter, an appointment with God is what every Christian needs in order to function correctly: a meeting, an encounter, a gathering unto the Lord. But where are you, where are your thoughts, where is your heart’s desire directed to? For your thoughts, your hopes, your cares are set in other things, and your source is tied to something else entirely, rather than that of your True Source. Fears become greater than the strength of God in your eyes, and your heart is drawn away (Is. 51:12‐13).

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proclaimed; a distance has developed that still remains. It is not as though God has ever left you, but your heart has left Him; ceasing to ‘remain’ in the abiding Love of God. A disconnection in your heart’s dialogue and interchange with the Spirit of God ‐ is a break in ‘prayer’. Realise that a break in communication in the Father is also a break in your trust, in your faith, and in your hope; for your heart is set on other things and so too then is your strength. Though you are called a ‘believer’ the Fruits of the Kingdom remain elusive, distant, and barely seen. Let us then draw back this morning in Him, turning our soul unto the Lord with a repentive heart. “Lord, I turn my heart unto you afresh this morning, please forgive me for always being drawn off. Lord, I need your Presence anew this day, please guide me by my hand by the Glory of your Presence.”

The Name of Jesus: the Lord moves sovereignly at times, irrespective of your level of faith, or what season of life you are in; the power is in the Name of Jesus and the precious Blood shed for you. But what is the encouragement here? The Gospel speaks of knowing where you are seated so that when you pray you receive healing for the sick and the bound. For just as Jesus said, “I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf … my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16). This is what we want, this is what we need, this is what the world of which we live in needs; the Power of God coming through His Anointed ones, ie; you and I a “believer”.

The Power of the Name of Jesus is given you as you trust in Him.

Trust is your link: trust is the link that connects you with Jesus and the Power of that Name. Without trust, who then are you actually praying to? For in reality you are just speaking to yourself. God does not respond to prayers alone, but He responds to words spoken in faith, ie; trusting and resting in His abiding arms.

Scripture:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Col. 3:1‐2)

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With your mind set on things Above, your heart drawn unto the Spirit of God, faith rises in your soul. The ‘Nature of Jesus’ coming generously upon you of which builds your trust in Him. It is through this same trust that Jesus builds and constructs His Home in you and His Name becomes powerful in your life. What, then, is the Nature of Jesus that would be so valuable to have in your own life? Here are some: Peace, Rest, Joy, Hope and Love; confidence, vision, eyes that see, ears that hear, and a closeness with the Father. All of these come in the Presence of the Lord.

Can you think of an environment that is developed in your communion in the Lord? Is there something tangible, real, and coming alive in you as you live your life in this ‘unceasing’ dialogue, this continual ‘prayerful’ relationship with the Lord? Heart unto the Lord. Are there even trace residual effects that remain upon you as you live in continual encounters in Him?

Scripture:

You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:16 NLT)

Lasting Fruits: ask yourself this question, if you were brought into Heaven and spent time speaking face to face with the Lord, what can you imagine would be some of the ‘residual effects’ retained upon your life when you returned? Surely your faith would be lifted, your trust would be raised, your eyes opened, and your faithfulness increased. You would find that your righteousness forms deeper roots, your love and countenance deeply shifted, your joy exploding, and your peace like a river. You would find that your obedience becomes switched on, your humility palatable, your hope firmly established, your soul shifted, and your heart firmly set upon the Lord.

OK, so now you know some of the “Lasting Fruit” that is available to each and every believer. Realise that this is the very ‘environment’ that you experience as the Presence of the Lord comes upon you; as you begin to open the door of the secret place of your heart. This is the ‘trace residue’, even of the ‘Nature of Jesus’ within you; Jesus making His Place of Abode in you. I deeply encourage you to truly come to love the Lord God with all

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you are, nothing retained, that He might truly guide you, taking care of even your very next step. Fully giving yourself to Him that He might fully give Himself to you; His Life coming upon you according to the fullness of the Gospel message.

Today, for you and I, the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ is this very environment, the ‘residue’ of Heaven, the Character and Nature of Jesus abiding in you. These very Fruits naturally rising up in you, in abundance, as you honestly seek to abide in His Presence, as you seek the Face of God in the secret place. Let us then treasure going aside in the Lord all the more, just as Jesus always did; worshipping the Father in both spirit and truth ‐ for these are of whom the Father is actively seeking and to whom He regularly visits. Let us seek and treasure the manifest Presence of God; for it is the manifest Presence of God upon your life that naturally keep the Fruits of the Spirit flowing, keeping you “in step with the Spirit.” It is this same environment that builds such rich bonds of trust, faith, and hope in Him. Also then being the Place that the Power and Anointing of God rises up naturally in your life, just like a springs of living water.

Let these Fruits become central to your core pursuits in Him; your root and your basis being established in the Nature and Character of God. For in this good soil, “your roots grow down deep into God’s love and keep you strong.” It is the Peace of God that should be ruling your life, ie; the Prince of Peace, not something or someone else. It is in this ‘Abiding Place’, this ‘Place of Repose’ that the Counsel, Knowledge, and Might of God flow liberally, even abundantly like a River. This, then, is the structure of the Kingdom of God and the nature of those born of Him.

Scripture:

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple (Ps. 27).

Reflect on the life of king David: the only thing that drove him was to “dwell in the house of the LORD.” Though he had his troubles, but even in the very midst of them, in a desert place, he delighted to seek the Lord. He subsequently found a deep Rest in the Lord, a deep Peace, and Confidence in Him. This was gifted him by the Lord of whom he honestly treasured

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and sought, of whose Dwelling Place he always longed for, and the Lord responded and ministered into his soul. Later on in David’s life everything was restored, and all enemies both inside the nation and outside where absolutely defeated by the Sovereign Hand of God.

It was the Lord who rose up and set David in such honour, and even for the countless generations that followed; for David only sought the Presence of God. This ‘honour’ stretches all the way to you and I, born of Christ Jesus, the Son of David. We are all of the same Root (Is. 11:1‐4). So let us be all the more encouraged as we personally gain a heart’s desire to “dwell in the house of the Lord”. Deeply seeking, as David, the Face of God and tight bonds in the Holy Ghost. To clarify: there is great power in the Peace and Rest that comes from trusting in God, for it unlocks the Trinity to work on your behalf, and the Power of the Name of Jesus.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I repent of striving under flesh and the knowledge of my own mind; I long for the Nature of Jesus abiding in me, the Fruits of the Spirit rising up within. I recognise that these are of the Spirit and not my flesh, so I hereby seek you in the depths of my heart. I deeply desire to draw close to you, please draw close to me that your Life may flow all the more. May you continue to make your Home in me. Please teach me how to seek the Spirit, to seek your Presence, that you may have all of me and I might have all of you. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #38: Lasting Fruit

“Yeast of the Pharisees”
Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the

Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. (Mark 8:15 NKJV)

We are all influenced in some way or another by the “yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod”. An example of ‘leaven’: I have heard it being said over the years that there is a honeymoon period for a new believer. And that this honeymoon period will soon be over and then they will become “just like the rest of us.” This is an error for the fire of God is set only to increase in your soul and is not purposed to diminish. So this word, this Christian ‘culture’, is not from Jesus but is from the spirit of religion. Let us rightly discern.

Realise that the Joy and Wonder of God that comes upon a new believer, comes because they have made a fresh start in the Lord; this very day. They have truly laid their lives down in Him and invited Jesus into their heart and Jesus has come and graced them anew with His Presence. The ‘yeast’ in this instance is the fact that the modern believer is not taught that this ‘making a fresh start’, this ‘laying your life down’, this ‘inviting Jesus into your life’ is the Way of the believer for each and every day, and not just once decades ago or in moments of recommitment ‐ but it is a lifestyle.

It is purposed by Heaven for you to continually live in active experience of the Lord, every day, and this only increasing. This IS the Fruit of the Spirit … this is the ‘Lasting Fruit’. Instead of what is current in many lives today: Christians living their lives somewhat disorientated and with a sense of being disconnected in God, lost, frail or downtrodden. Busy otherwise unto law and works to help fill the gaps and to justify their salvation, but the Joy, Peace, and Strength of the Lord remaining distant. This is the effects of the leaven of the Pharisees; that of religion and the powers of this Age.

Let us otherwise be filled with the Love of God; His Joy, His Peace, and His Might richly gracing our lives as we go about, in Love, ‘working’ and ‘doing

Scripture:

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good’. First is the Love and Spirit of God; and in this we set our heart, our soul, our mind, and our strength. Let us follow our Example; Jesus of whom “God anointed with the Holy Spirit and Power … He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him” (Acts 10:38 NIV). This is the right basis, not living under a spirit of works and law, but under the Anointing of the Holy Ghost. Just as Jesus of whom went before us: our Brother, our Friend, our Saviour, and our King.

Faith is not a word alone but is the connection between you and Jesus. It is not only a doctrine or an elusive reality but is a continual increase of tight bonds and connection in the Holy Ghost. This occurring as you actively seek His manifest Presence upon your life, anew and afresh each day. Just as the newly born, just as the newly‐wed, today being a new day. Realise then how central it is to the Christian Walk to actively give place and allow Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father to ‘make’ their Home in you. It is Theirs to build and yours to avail yourself and your heart fully unto the Lord. To welcome, invite and deeply cry out for this ‘abiding’, this ‘remaining’, and this being established in the Love of God; just as a new believer.

Horse and the Cart. The Way of the Kingdom is this: the Spirit draws the Cart, not the other way around. The Way of the Spirit is that the Spirit draws the Cart; your ministry, your life, and your very flesh. And in life, you can enjoy riding the Horse or sitting in the Cart, the joy is yours, but the main thing to realise is that you are free of labour, ie; fully entering the Rest and Peace of the Lord. You are born again of the Spirit, not of the flesh; the flesh is dead but your spirit is alive in Christ (Rom. 8:10). So that when you stand up, you stand up not in the flesh to meet a storm but in the Spirit; calming the storm with a commanding word.

You are able to stand up and calm the storm, for your heart is abiding in a Place much higher than the fear of which you face. At Rest, asleep, and at Peace in the arms of the Father who is greater than anything you could ever face. Abiding even in the very Courts of God, just as king David did, who lived in continual longing of soul for the Presence of the Lord. And God met all that came against him, for David’s heart abided in the Dwelling Place of the Lord. It is the Spirit that rejuvenates your flesh, your

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mind, and your soul; not what you place in your mouth, but what is placed in your spirit by our Heavenly Father. It is the Spirit that does the work, it is the Spirit that adds to the Church even daily (Acts 2:47). Truly our “flesh counts for nothing; it is the Spirit that brings Life” (John 6:63).

In Christ Jesus, we work together with Him, but it is the Spirit that carries the load. It is the Spirit that goes before you as a ‘pillar of cloud’ by day and a ‘pillar of fire’ by night, and though you may have troubles the Father meets them all. The leaven of the Pharisees would have you pushing the Cart with the Spirit following somewhere behind, even the Spirit becoming irrelevant and the Cart becoming stuck in a rut. This is not the Way of the Kingdom and it eventually leaves you tired, disorientated and straining; toiling under the yolk of it all. Many, even ministers of the Word, become sick and die before their time. Lives cut short and stolen from by the Thief. This is the effects of the leaven of the Pharisees and that of ‘Herod’. This ‘seed’ leading you unto self‐righteousness, legalism, religion, and flesh‐ dependence; not knowing how to seek the Spirit, nor even His relevance.

The way of religion is to treat your walk in the Lord just like you do modern school: ‘study the Word and now go to work’. Instead of ‘Rest and be filled with the Spirit of God and allow His Love and Power to permeate you in all that you say and do’. Having your life so deeply changed, and continually changed, lifted up in the Anointing of the Spirit. Now, then, when you ‘labour’ in the Kingdom, you are not labouring under the flesh but lifted and strengthened by the Spirit of God of whom abides in enriching measure upon your life. Giving you the vitality of the youths, leaping in the fields as like a deer (Is. 35:6‐10), and causing you to mount up on wings like eagles. Living not with a failing spirit but the strength of the Holy Spirit. This strength is not born of your flesh but is gifted you of the Holy Ghost. It is the Spirit alone that raises you astronomically: from ignorant fishermen to world changers, through the Grace and Power of the Spirit of God.

Worship in spirit: I will share something that is truly amazing to me. I know of Indian tribes in South America where there are hundreds of native pastors preaching the Good News. All of these pastors, each one of them, have raised the dead multiple times, and have had the most amazing miracles that could ever be imagined happening in their works. The point

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here is that many of them cannot even read or write. What I would like to raise is this, that in our modern churches we have the most broadest of biblical knowledge that has ever been available, and yet there are virtually no miracles. There is something wrong here, something amiss.

This is to do with one primary area: in our educated societies we generally worship God in truth alone. However, God “seeks those who worship in both spirit and truth”, ie; He looks out for and responds to those who seek Him this way. In this day and age, there is very little culture of worshipping in spirit, or even understanding what it means. Typically, in our modern churches, believers may have a great measure of knowledge but a very small measure of the Spirit, however, it is the Spirit that gives Life! Here is the Key: the Spirit is given in measure, and that measure is according to the measure that you yourself seek and hunger for.

These Indian pastors have some knowledge, and they are fully committed to it, but they have a great measure and stability in the Spirit of God. There is a deep culture in these ministries, of consistent prayer and fasting, praise and worship, waiting upon the Lord, and seeking His Presence; and Jesus comes upon them. Some of them have regular encounters with Jesus, as He physically appears to them. Even when a man is working in a field, Jesus comes in His Glory form, a shroud envelops them and He sits together with the pastor and Jesus shares of Himself. Now this is precious, now this is worth pursuing.

The spirit legalism, of works, and of religion doesn’t like the fact that we all have this capacity to meet with the Lord of Glory. To enjoy the Presence of the Lord, enjoy the regular visits; being ministered to as according to the Gospels of our Lord Jesus Christ. For God shows no favouritism. All it comes down to is this: your heart’s honest desire to meet with your Lord and to bond with the Spirit of God, and He responds. God responding to your personal longing of Him ‘in spirit’ as well as ‘in truth’, ie; meditating on the fullness of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The fact that this is even possible, eludes many of us; but I encourage you deeply, that the Power of God comes from your secret meetings with the Lord of Glory, in the Secret Place. What you hold in secret will be made

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plain for all to see, the Treasure within will overflow your ‘mouth’. Your heart‐to‐Heart deep ties in the Love of God is as a gateway to the Power of God into your world.

Let us not be ignorant of the things of the Spirit, but each one of us humble ourselves before our God and allow the Spirit to open our eyes. Allowing Him to give you a spirit of discernment showing you who’s voice you are actually submitted and subject to (Phil. 1:9‐10). So that you too may become one who “believes” according to that of which Heaven considers a believer: being able to “lay your hands on the sick, and they recover”, in Jesus Name (Mark 16:17‐18).

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, I need your Spirit, I turn my heart anew unto the Presence of God. Lord, I deeply desire to have fresh and new encounters in you every day. Lord, I didn’t realise that this was possible but I see that it is so needed in my life. Lord, I need the Lasting Fruits of Heaven. Lord, I struggle so much in my flesh and I know that this is not the way it is supposed to be. Please teach me and lead me to worship you in both spirit and truth. Please come and minister, sharing of yourself again this day. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #39: Lasting Fruit

“Kingdom of God”

The Kingdom of God is within you: no one has a clue of just how much power and potential is within a believer because of the resident Kingdom of God. Regardless of your strengths or weaknesses, your looks or nationality, your education or your past; you have endless power, reserves, and potential through the “Kingdom of God within you” (Luke 17:20‐21 NKKV). Especially in your weakness God is made strong (2 Cor. 12:9‐11). The Kingdom of God is not dependent on your capacity, it does not care about your education or your finances, your past wrongs or your achievements. Realise this truth: that it is your heart, your confidence, your longing of heart unto the Lord that taps you richly into the things of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God is within you, you ARE a gateway to the Kingdom of God for your world of which you are in. Do not allow yourself to be stolen from, don’t let your world be robbed of He who abides within you. Do not allow your heart to be dragged off and caged by cares, desires, or by the deceitfulness of pride. But with this clear understanding that as you live your life, “preparing the way” (Is. 40:3), inviting and opening your heart unto the Lord each day; Heaven comes upon you and therefore bursts through your life. You find yourself opening up to a continual increased outpouring of the Holy Spirit, of the Person of Jesus, and of the Father in your own personal life. And as a result the same Glory increasingly, ever increasingly, flowing through your life to the blessing of the world of which you live; everywhere your feet tread. This is not of the flesh at all, but is of the Spirit of God.

You are the Gateway to the Kingdom of God in your world. Do not allow yourself to be robbed, and no longer tolerate the Thief to lie and cheat you. Stand in the delight of the Lord, enjoy Him, seek Him, worship and praise Him … for He is seriously Life! and serious Love! and is seriously Powerful! All the issues of life are but a leaf of which the Presence of God blows away in the Wind; giving you Grace and Might to face life triumphantly; strong and whole and with the deepest sense of Life and Hope.

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Gain an increasing culture of seeking God’s “Kingdom come, His Will being done on earth just as it is in Heaven” (Matt. 6:10). A rich invitational, welcoming, and longing heart for the Kingdom manifest; in you, upon you, around you, and through you. Nothing of your flesh but all of the Spirit, for you and I are not the answer, it is Jesus alone who is the Answer. You have no cause to be discouraged or otherwise puffed up for it is ONLY the Spirit that does the work, so we rest our life in Him. Hunger for the Lord, I mean seriously hunger for the ‘Bread of Life’, for the more that you eat the more you are lifted up and strengthened. Does this make any sense?

Don’t allow yourself to be stolen from, don’t allow the scoffer’s voice to grind you to a halt, cast aside the yeast of the Pharisees. You stand up and go and personally drink deeply from the Waters of the River of Life … daily! Hunger for the Words that “proceeds from the mouth of God”; they are more than revelation, they are more than knowledge. The Words of God are the fullness of God: encounters with Him, impartation from Him, sharing of one another. The Love of God rising up in you just as the Spirit of God. You and I, so thoroughly need the Word, the Love, and the Spirit of God liberally flowing in our lives in order to function properly.

The Fruits of the Spirit are as a Spring perpetually rising up in you that you can continually sense and feel: Love, Joy, Peace, Trust, and Hope. It is the Fruits of the Spirit that tap you directly into the Heart of the Father. In His Love you have a continual open pathway; a connection, a flow, a conduit between you and the Father. Right into the deep things (1 Cor. 2:10), the hidden things (Daniel 2:22), the secret things (Eph. 3:8‐9) of God. A Gate has been opened to you to walk through right into the City of God (Rev. 22:14). The more that you hunger for Him the more He feeds you; for that is the nature of the Kingdom of God.

We all have this same privilege and honour: that we can love, enjoy, and praise the precious Name of Jesus and continually seek His Face and have His Power come richly upon your life. Whether you are just a regular person, or someone smart and successful, or a person who is in a real bind; broken and struggling. We all have the same opportunity, right, and privilege to go aside in love; and worship the Name of Jesus. We all have the same opportunity to be able to go aside into the secret place and meet with the Lord of Glory and have Him come upon our lives in such rich,

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personal, and wonderful ways. Each one of us drawing deeply from the Wells of Salvation and being lifted up this very day. If we otherwise choose to allow situations and ‘realities’ of life to come between this, then what happens is that you step out of these realms of Power, of the outpouring of the Spirit, the connection, and guidance of the Holy Ghost. Resorting back to your old ways, that of your own capacity, strength, and vision.

Of course the Grace of God is greater than you and I, so all you need to do is right here and now turn your heart unto the Lord and love Him, praise Him and thank Him; welcoming and being open to Him with FIRM understanding and expectation that it is both the Will and Heart of the Father for Him to come and meet with you. Even for you to be lifted up into His Presence and spend time being strengthened in Him: this is the Nature, the Character, and the Way of Heaven. The Kingdom being not of the flesh but of the Spirit, your spirit unified and united in the Spirit of God, in continual dialogue and interaction with Him. This is of the greatest of all privileges.

If your knowledge and success cause you to not honestly come before your Lord; to just love Him, seek Him, and enjoying His Presence than your knowledge and success is a hindrance to you. It has become as an idol between you and He who is Faithful. In the same way: if your struggles, your season of hardship and difficulty, and your lack of hope stops you from turning your heart to the Lord in simple love, and in honest longing of soul, in gratefulness and praise. If your brokenness keeps you from choosing to go aside in the Lord to seek Him, to be with Him, and to just enjoy His Presence upon your life then even these things are like an idol to you. Your brokenness has become an idol. These struggles, bad memories, hurts and regrets becoming a log‐jam to Heaven opening up to you and the Goodness of God flowing liberally upon your life; a blockage to seeing His Hand at work. All you have to do is right now simply pray, “Lord, please forgive me, I open my heart unto you here and now. Please forgive me for allowing this life to come between you and me, I deeply welcome you; please come upon my life, your Presence manifest, as per your Heart’s desire.”

We all have this amazing opportunity to go aside in our soul, in our flesh, and in our mind; to seek and enjoy our Heavenly Father. I tell you this

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truth, this fact, that the most powerful thing in the world is a believer’s ability to meet with Jesus. Realise this: meeting with Jesus is greater than anything that you could ever be asking for. Greater than any answer to prayer that you might be seeking. To meet with He who is the Answer, not only just seeking answers. Choosing to enter into an attitude of praise and gratitude for the Blood He shed, and for the perfect Sacrifice of the Cross; engages you in the greatest Power in the universe.

Scripture:

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2 NIV)

You don’t have to honour the demon so much by always fighting him or having to respond to him. Sure there are times that you pray, “I bind you”, “I cast you out”, but your life’s purpose need not be focused on him, or the problems that you face, but otherwise your focus can be fully turned toward He who is the Answer! Sure there are times in your heart’s inquiry of the Lord, that the Spirit gives you a word or a key that breaks yolk of the Evil One and unlocks healing. But the underlying reality is in this foundation: to simply praise and seek the Presence of Jesus just as a little child, just like an infant; then you will find that it is the Spirit of God that goes out before you rising up a stronghold of protection and silencing the Foe and the Avenger.

Nothing brings Jesus more swiftly onto the scene than a heart that simply loves, praises, and delights in His Presence; abiding in the Secret Place of God. His Presence comes quickly and washes over you again. In this place His Vengeance swiftly going out against the Devourer that is set against you; the power of the Thief and the Liar is broken simply through the ‘praise of children and of infants’. God clearly states that “vengeance is mine”, it is He who goes out before you, you don’t have to take matters into your own hands (Rom. 12:19). The more that you become as a little child before our Heavenly Father the deeper that you enter the realms of the Power and Wonders of God. And the more that you come to value the Blood that was shed for you, the more that the Blood has Power in your life. Lift up the precious Name of Jesus, lift up the Blood that was shed; for

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it has power to truly save. Salvation is a very big word, a word that has much greater significance than anyone can realise.

The Presence of the Lord upon your life brings a deep trust and confidence rising up within you. For the reality of His Presence as you worship Him, the reality of His Person and His Glory truly draws you to your knees. Honestly, nothing can stand in His Presence ‐ try it! His Presence can come so strong that even a fear can grip you, even as though the very molecules of your body are bowing in His Presence. You may find yourself crying out “stop Lord, stop!” Do you remember how the Glory of His Presence caused the people at Mt. Sinai to tremble in fear and cry out, “do not have God speak to us or we will die” (Ex. 20:19). If you honestly seek the Lord He will come! But He ain’t no fable of man’s imagination, He is no insignificant, weak, or a minuscule ideology.

The trust and faith given you by the Joy of the Lord forms a very firm link as the Presence of the Lord comes upon you. And as the Lord ‘burns in your heart’ (Luke 24:32) and opens unto you the Scriptures; you come to wonder, ponder, and meditate on the revelation of the Kingdom of God all the more. A great hope and expectation arises in you, and this is not of the flesh but seeded you of the Holy Spirit. And as you praise Him and yearn for Him, His Person comes upon your life, even right in the midst of the circumstance you are in; the Glory and Grace that comes is truly wonderful and powerful to behold.

Pray this small prayer, ‘Lord, thank you for the right and honour that I can participate so richly in the Kingdom of God. Lord, I draw my heart more decidedly unto the Lord and lift you high. Lord, please forgive me for making idols of things, I never realise just how much I have done so. Please guide me that you may come upon my life again this day, I welcome you and delight myself in you. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #40: Lasting Fruit

“Revelations 22”

Let us come and look at the Book of Revelation chapter 22 in a new light …

When Jesus uses the word ‘swiftly’ He means just that ‐ swiftly. When Jesus said that “He will not leave you as an orphan but will come” then He means just that: He will come! He will come real and personal upon your life and this is now, and not only in two thousand years. Be aware of the “yeast of the Pharisees,” for it is a very real spirit that can have you by the throat. This spirit is purposed to disassociate you from Power of the Gospel, of the Cross, of the Blood, and of the Spirit of God. Some things are relegated to the future, yes, but so much is for you right here and now.

Revelations 22:

In the praise of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, from within His Presence, we “wash our robes” and are made clean, and Jesus gives each one of us “the right to the Tree of Life.” In this, we are also given the right to “go through the Gates into the City” of God right here and now (Rev. 22:14 NIV). The sinner will remain a sinner, those who do vile things will continue to do vile things. But those who choose to change and seek to do good, if you truly choose even to be made holy by the Blood of the Lamb then you will be made holy (Rev. 22:10). And through holiness all will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

Jesus comes quickly, ‘swiftly’, according to the fruit of your life (Rev: 22:12). And as the Fruits of the Spirit rise up within you, you begin to bear the likeness of the Son of Glory, your character of the Prince of Peace. Upon you comes the countenance of Jesus, the Peace of the Lord; the Joy, the Love, and the Grace of God. The Rest that comes from Him is truly powerful and palatable, and the trust that is built in you allows you to stand tall and liberally draw the Power of the Kingdom of God into your world. Jesus comes swiftly and responds according to the ‘fruit of your life’; the welcomed, involved, and active Spirit of God. And He says this to those who are truly thirsty: come, “take the free gift of the Water of Life” (Rev. 22:17).

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There is “no longer a curse upon you” (Rev. 22:3). You are no longer under the effects of any curse, or a word spoken over your life: any idle word, specific curse, or ancestral curse; has lost its hold. Even right back to the Curse brought through Adam; by your trust in the Blood of the Cross you are by rights completely free in Jesus Name! Realise that as you come to truly worship Jesus from within His Presence, you will “see His Face”, and “His Name will be on your forehead” (Rev. 22:4). And you will no longer need any light for your ways, no lamp or sun to see the way; “for the Lord will give you light.” And together with Him, we “reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:5) … in this life and the Life to come. Living triumphant with Jesus; as those who are ‘called’, ‘chosen’, and ‘faithful’ (Rev. 17:14).

As the Lord ‘inspires prophets’ to speak the Good News of Christ Jesus our Saviour, saying, “He is coming swiftly” (Rev. 22:6‐7) … then Jesus comes. Jesus cones quickly and does not tarry (Heb. 10:37). Therefore, be encouraged to humble yourself before your Lord and become as a little child entering into the fullness of the Kingdom (Matt. 18:3). Simply enjoy the Presence of the Lord upon your life, enjoy the Holy Ghost, just like a little child; and be lifted up in Him. In all your going in and going out, for the Lord your God is with you. Enjoy the Holy Spirit, enjoy riding the ‘Horse’ (horse and cart), enjoy the Power and Presence of God resting upon your life. And come to participate with Him in mighty and powerful deeds (the spirit of legalism despises this word ‘enjoy’, for it would have you under a spirit of works and a spirit of law; without mercy and without power).

You have no need to worry about the Avenger, nor the Foe that comes against your tent. For just as king David delighted and sought the Father in this single purpose: “to dwell in the house of the Lord” (Ps. 27), in this honest alignment of heart unto to the Father; he was brought up into the Eternal realms of the Dwelling Place, the House of the Lord. And God went before Him and was his rear guard and all his enemies were stripped bare and had no strength over him.

Scripture:
HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].” (Psalm 91:1 AMPC)

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As you abide in the “Secret Place of the Most High and remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty,” the Power of God comes upon you of which no “Foe can withstand.” You no longer have to be caught up with the cares of this life and that of which may come against you, for the Spirit of God will go before you. And even before you get there He will destabilise, disorientate, and dethrone the Devourer. Just like at the time when the Israelites were crossing the Red Sea, God “took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty” (Ex. 14:25). “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Ex. 14:14); abiding in the Peace of God.

The Lord silences the “Foe and the Avenger,” and He “establishes a stronghold against the Enemy” of which you do not have to strive to protect yourself against. Let His Presence come upon you and show you how to be at Rest, how to be at Peace, to ‘be still’; and the power of it. Come then and wait upon the Lord and “gaze on the beauty of the Lord” and ‘seek’, ‘inquire’, ‘meditate’, ‘contemplate’ and ‘abide’ in “His Temple” (Ps. 27). For it is through the “praise of children and infants” that the Father completely silences the Enemy.

People are always looking for some new knowledge or great revelation, but fail to approach the Father the way He is looking for: to simply love Him, trust Him, and wait upon Him; just like a little child. Joining deeply and bonding richly in Him who is Knowledge, Revelation, and Power.

There are two Witnesses: the Word and the Spirit. Come then to worship the Father in both spirit and truth, for the Father is actively looking over all the peoples of the earth for such as these. He is looking out for people who honestly worship Him in both spirit and truth; in this He ‘swiftly’ comes. Jesus comes and walks among you (Rev. 2:1‐5) and in all your doings, and in all your ways; His Presence and Anointing are both very present.

He does not ‘tarry’ but comes ‘swiftly’. Jesus, whilst in the Glory of His Father’s Presence, said that He is ‘coming swiftly’: realise that there is the time of His Second Coming, and yes, we are all looking forward to that. But when He said that He “will not tarry” He says this that if in the honest

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truth of your soul, you seek Him; He will not delay but will come swiftly. He will meet with you where you are at, now. This is His dream, so let it become yours, this is a part of the purpose of the Cross, just as it was in the beginning: Jesus talking and walking with you in the cool of the day.

Worship in ‘spirit’: modern believers generally are trained purely of the mind, with perhaps a belief that the Holy Spirit will assist with revelation but that’s about it. An ignorance remains, however, in how to approach the Lord in ‘spirit’. The purpose of worshipping in ‘spirit’ is in this: to meet Him, share with Him, and encounter the Love and Glory of God each and every day. Retaining in this place the flow of the ‘Word’ that liberally ‘proceeds from the mouth of God’. They are not just ‘words’ but the very Person of God: His Love, Healing, Revelation, Understanding, Joy, Peace, Anointing, and the very Power of God. If you have needs then offer them unto the Lord in prayer and faith, but worshipping in ‘spirit’ is purposed in coming to the Lord for Him, and Him alone; to encounter and abide in the Living Loving God.

Coming to praise the Name of Jesus and thank Him for the Blood that He shed for you, brings you swiftly into His Presence. The Lord of Glory swiftly ‘descending’ upon you and meeting with you once again. These regular meetings with the Lord are most dearly precious for each and every believer, for He truly imparts of Himself once again. Another piece of the Lord is given you (John 16:14 AMPC), another Living Brick is added to His Home that He is building in you. He has purposed within Himself to build you up into the fullness of Himself, and this occurs as we “trust in Him” (Eph. 3:17‐19 NLT).

Enjoy the Presence of the Lord and be built up in Him. The deepest of trust and faith that is developed in the Presence of the Lord; keep them very close to heart. For trust and faith are your link to the Heavenly realms; faith is Heaven’s currency. Your faith in the Lord allows you to go right into the Courts of God, even to seek justice for what you are now facing. Trust and faith in God draws Him in His Might; and whilst being seated with Jesus at the right hand of God, with His Name upon your forehead and His Spirit abiding in you, washed white clean by the precious Blood of the Cross; when you pray in the “Name of Jesus” it is your living trust in that Name that brings the Power of God to bear ‐ swiftly. This is by

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no means of your flesh but is given you from the Spirit of whom you love and abide in.

Scripture:

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1‐2 NKJV)

Let us enjoy the Lord with a renewed hope, with a deeper and broader appreciation. Let us give place and allow the Spirit of God to increasingly open our eyes and ears to that of which the Blood has freely given us. Truly we only see “through a glass dimly” (1 Cor. 13:12), but Jesus desires to give each of us eyes that see brighter and clearer, even becoming as a mirror reflecting the Glory of God in ever increasing Glory. And as a little child of the Living God enjoy His Presence upon your life and allow your roots to go down deep drawing richly from the River of Life. The Fruit forming and the “Healing of the Nations” coming through your life, through the Kingdom of God of which is within you; to the blessing of your world. None of this is possible of your flesh, but all things are possible in God.

Bless you …

Pray this small prayer, ‘Thank you, Lord, I see now how you wish to come swiftly upon my life. Lord, may I truly just enjoy your Presence upon my life that I truly might be free of the spirit of legalism and religion. Lord, I shift my way of thinking, realising just how personal the Salvation of the Lord is for each one of us Please give me of the Lasting Fruit, and continue to build me up richly in the Kingdom of God. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

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Day #41: Kingly Christ

“What spirit are you of?”

Opening Scriptures:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7 NKJV) … And there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4:18)

Do you realise that going into the secret place was never instructed by Jesus to do, and yet He always did it? It is a most important area of the Christian walk but Jesus never ‘commanded’ us to do it. Why? Because it can only ever be done in a spirit of love, in an honest longing of heart, and in the deepest desire for the Lord and the things of the Kingdom becoming real before our eyes. Jesus could never make a command to seek the Father in the secret place just as He could never make it a command to fast and wait upon the Lord; for these things only work in the arena of love and can never work under the instruction of commands.

Going into the secret place is the single greatest of gifts, for each one who becomes a believer can meet one on one with the Lord; and the Lord comes and meets with you. Meeting with the Lord is even greater than anything that you might be praying or believing for, for you meet with the One who is the Author of Life; the Alpha and the Omega. Your regular and personal closed session with the Lord of Glory is the single greatest differential that a Christian has over any other beliefs: for you regularly meet with the God who is Love, who is full of Grace, and who has all Power and Authority in His Hands. And as a child of God, He wishes to raise you in the same; one full of the Love and Grace of God, and one raised and seated in the Power and Authority of the King. Our human flesh and reasoning doesn’t even register on a scale compared to the wonder of meeting regularly with our Lord and Saviour; our Friend Christ Jesus.

The purpose of God is Life and Peace, but the purpose of the Demon is Death and Dread; let us then come to choose our paths carefully. The common demon spirits try to come upon a believer with the purpose to blind and bind, and eventually to kill and destroy. But the purpose of the Spirit of God is for you to have “life and life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). Look at these common and perhaps subtle demon spirits: spirits of Pride,

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of Fear and Unforgiveness, spirits of Intimidation and Oppression. Spirits of Offence, Apathy, Bitterness, Resentment, Restlessness, Unbelief, and Doubt. Spirits of Mammon, Lust, Greed, Religion, and Legalism. They are all offshoots to the master spirit of Rebellion and if they are allowed to retain root upon your life then they will have influence over you more than the Spirit of God. To be raised by a spirit other than the Holy Spirit is to have your life robbed, robbed from being able to walk under an Open Heaven (Matt. 3:16).

It is right to say that fear is natural, ie; fear of walking on a cliff’s edge. But there are times when fear comes upon you that is unnatural; that is demonic, ie; not from Heaven. There are ‘natural’ human character traits such as pride, but they are not of Heaven but are seeded of the one who wants to keep you blind. These character traits can run down family lines, but it is up to you to draw the line and say not more; just like any other spiritual lineage or curse.

All of these ‘common’ spirits attempt to act as ‘tares’ (Matt. 13:24-30) upon a Christian’s soul. Trying to seed themselves into your thinking and into the motives of your soul. These spirits also attempt to act as birds trying to peck off that which God is sowing into your heart; to steel the living reality of the revelation of Heaven from ever finding root. These same spirits act as weeds to choke out even the Life of God from rising up within your depths; the nourishing Life giving Waters of the Spirit of God.

Unless you actively choose to develop deep deep roots in the Lord, personal tight bonds and strong ties in Him, then these spirits act as a scorching sun to dry you up. So in the secret place come to seek the manifest realities of the Lord upon your life, and in this allow yourself to be raised and lifted up in the Him so that you become Oaks of Righteousness; treasured Plantings of the Lord. For with such a tree the weeds are not even able to grow around your feet. And the hot scorching sun is powerless against you for your roots are drawing richly, effortlessly, and continually from an ever flowing Spring. And the Word and Revelation of God becoming so bountifully upon your soul, that Fruit and Seed falls far and wide from your branches to the blessing of your world and the healing of the nations.

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But there are always two paths, always always always! You can choose to partner with the Holy Ghost or you can choose to partner with the demon; they are both presented to you daily. And realise that the greater the revelation the more the ‘birds’ come to try and peck. This life has so so many distraction, so many things that try to grab your attention, so many things to occupy your mind, or tantalise your eyes. And at the same time no one knows how to wait upon the Lord, or knows how to set oneself aside to seek His Person. If you allow the demon to take root, then you give them entrance upon your life and they are foul and subtle operators. Even making a house out of candy to lure you into being devoured. Seek, otherwise, in fullness of heart, the real and manifest Presence of the Lord for He is sweeter, taste better, and lasts longer than any lure of the Devil. Give place and allow the Presence of the Lord to come real, alive, and every day upon your life.

Look at this secret wonder: the Father is actively looking upon the earth for those who worship Him in both spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24) and to these He comes upon ever richly. This is the Good News of God, that each and every one of us can meet and personally know the Lord of Glory. Regardless of your walk in life, if you are poor and in a hopeless state or rich and in a hopeful state; the Lord comes to all who seek and worship Him out of honesty of heart and praise of soul. It is the spirit of Religion that attempts to draw you to prove yourself under works and law; to live in eyes of man. But in contrast it is the Spirit of God of whom does amazing work in you and leads you unto mighty works and deeds. And it is the same Spirit of Grace of whom raises you to walk liberally in all the commands and laws of God; even unto righteousness and holiness in the eyes of God.

To be “carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6). A true and right Christian guide in your life is this: Life, Peace, Love, and Power for these are of the Spirit of God. But the opposite occurs under the common spirits of Religion: legalism, accusation, forms of hatred, and pride. These are opposed to the Spirit of God and are at enmity against all who walk according to the Spirit of God.

Scripture:

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There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Rom. 8:1 NKJV)

Ah, what an encouragement: now you can plainly see that “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” But then, let us read this Scripture a little more closely: clearly this is dependent on you walking “according to the Spirit” and not “according to the flesh.” For if you live according to the Spirit the Accuser cannot condemn you, ie; he has no grip or hold over you or your life. The accusations of others, even the accusations coming into your own mind, seeded by these foul Lying spirits; are snuffed out in the Presence of the Lord. Snuffed out by the Vengeance of the Person of God in whom you choose to delight in; to live and breathe in each and every day.

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Day #42: Kingly Christ

“Live According to the Spirit”

Just because you believe in Jesus and have received the Holy Spirit unless you live according to the Spirit of God then the spirits of Hell still find their root; they still find an open door to gain an influence or hold over you. If you begin to live in agreement with them, ie; partnering with them, then they gain a greater bearing and control over you. In stark contrast however, in choosing to turn your heart unto the Lord in every circumstance and in every moment, you find yourself living in agreement with the Holy Ghost, ie; partnering with Him, and it is He who begins to ‘control’ you; bearing greater influence in your life. Now this is worthwhile; He who is both Love and Life having a greater say over your life as you personally engage and partner with Him each and every day. He begins to personally navigate you on this most Narrow Path, the Narrow Path that is full of the traps and deceits of the Enemy. The Enemy that has been at work to subdue man for a thousand generations.

In many cases God is not even allowed in the churches of our current age and generation. Believers give lip service but their hearts are far away from Him. Christians are like sheep who have lost their way; and many cry out, “where is God?”, especially at times of great loss. But the truth of it is that the believer, though being able to quote Scripture, or act Christian culture, remains ignorant and blind to the ways of the God. Being caught up with the doctrines of man (Matt. 15:9) but remaining structurally malnourished and spiritually castrated. The unimportant can be elevated as important and the important reduced to insignificance (Jer. 6:14). But this is to be expected for the Evil One even goes around masquerading even as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14) drawing people away from Jesus and the fruitfulness of the Holy Spirit. Setting the believer to focus on the flesh and human reliance and all in the Name of Jesus. Set upon the carnal, the temporary and the unfruitful. Even man reliant on man, but not instructed how to draw from God.

It is not the fault of the believer, but the cunning of the Enemy: for it is the deceptive nature of the spirit of Religion and Legalism that sows spirits of Doubt, Unbelief, and Dissipation. But there is a beautiful answer, right here and now, and His Name is Jesus. Let us all repent, ie; turn back to the

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personal Living God, even if there is just an ounce of you that is short of the Glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This is an understatement … even Paul felt he was a “wretched man” compared to the Glory that God was leading him into. If you feel that you have it all together, you’re deceived and flesh dependant; no our Source is the Holy Ghost and my flesh is wretched. It is the Holy Ghost that is dressing me of Heaven, therefore my human capacity is fully submitted to that purpose.

It is OK to turn to Jesus, regardless of who you are, and cry out even each and every day, “Oh Lord, what a wretched man I am, who can save me but you?” (Luke 18:13, Rom. 7:24) for we are not called to be saved yesterday and today go back to relying on our own flesh and reasoning (Gal. 3:1). But every day and in every way come and truly turn to the Person of Jesus, the Master Shepherd of your soul: your Teacher, your Friend, and your Saviour; and allow Him to take you by your outstretched hand. For our dependence is entirely on the Spirit of God here, now, and today and not the flesh. It is only through the Spirit of God that you can live a life full of Grace and Power. In truly turning your heart unto the Spirit of Grace, He will come and meet you right where you are. Do not look to the left or the right, do not look to the past or the future; but to Jesus and the Holy Spirit that He gives liberally (Luke 11:13).

Let me open up this subject a bit more, it isn’t spoken very much but is in itself so very important. Please receive this in no form of judgement or criticism but only for greater awareness, strengthening and encouragement. So that you may truly come to live your “life in all its fullness” according to the purpose of the Cross (John 10:10). That you may truly live your life becoming ever more full and free in the Holy Ghost according to the purpose of the Gospel and the precious Blood shed for you. Becoming increasingly lead by the Spirit of God unto mighty and wonderful exploits (Dan. 11:32) through He who died for you, what’s more: He who is resurrected in full Glory and in Life for you. The Body of Christ, the Church, being raised up full in the Joy, the Love, and the Power of God; gifted and Anointed from the Holy Spirit.

Become more aware of the cunning of the Enemy (Gen. 3:1) that you might truly triumph over him in every way. The Enemy that is at work against all who walk on the face of the earth, but who is especially active

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against those who honestly turn their whole heart fully unto the Lord. Be encouraged to shift your ways and come to walk in closer step with Him; submitted under the Authority, the Anointing, Leading, and Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

The opening Scriptures (2 Tim. 1:7, 1 John 4:18) of this section gives you example of this plain and simple reality: that you and I, as believers, can live more under the influence of a spirit of Fear than the Spirit of God. The truth is that though you are born again, this spirit of Fear can have a greater hold, a greater influence and bearing over your life, than the Holy Spirit. Realise that this is so very common, but in this plain and simple example, I pray that you might be encouraged in the Lord to shift; shift in the way that you live your life in Christ Jesus and come to live in the continual increasing strengthening experience of the Love of God.

For as we know Perfect Love drives out the spirit of Fear, and this same Perfect Love drives out all spiritual influences that attempt to have a grip over your life. No man can do this for you but the Spirit of God. No human instruction can truly break the hold of the spirit of Fear, even the spirits of Pride, Lust, or Addiction; but the Spirit of God gifted you. He of whom you choose today to partner with is greater than any Foe, but you have to learn to go to Him so that He will come to you. How do we get Jesus to be with us wherever we are, we must first go to Him. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father is found in the secret place of your soul, as you are lifted up into His Presence. Do not despise the Presence of God, but go seek Him. Do not despise the Anointing of God, go seek it. Do not despise the Gifts or the Outpouring of the Holy Ghost; pursue, yearn, long and cry out for them.

The default is the spirits of this age, but the choice is taking decisive steps in the Lord.

In the secret place allow tight bonds between you and Jesus to form, strong ties gifted you of the Holy Ghost; so that you may truly become stronger in the Holy Ghost. Develop deeper roots in the Kingdom of God that the Kingdom may break forth in your town and nation. Allow yourself to develop strong connection in Jesus, ie; your faith in the Name of Jesus to become stronger in you than the grip that the demon has over the one

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you are praying for. Growing closer in the Lord so that you truly may bring the Answer to heal their soul, to heal their flesh, and to heal their minds. All diseases, sicknesses, and causes of grief are simply the manifestations of the Enemy and his demon hordes. Aren’t we called to be strong in the Lord for these who are bound? Can’t we be raised strong in the Spirit of God to bring Life and Healing to the dying world of which you live? The spirits of Legalism and Religion have you focused on your own flesh and own capabilities, but the Spirit of God will focused you on He who saves and heals. Does this make any sense?

Unbeknown to you, unrealised and perhaps in total unawares, other spirits can have a greater influence and bearing over your life than that of the Holy Spirit. Even one who preaches, and has extensively studied the Word of God, can still be gripped by a spirit of Pride, or a spirit of Mammon, or self-Ambition. These spirits gaining a greater ‘strength’ or hold over a person’s life than that of the Holy Ghost. The cunning of these foul spirits in their masked ways: subtly, secretively, and deceptively try to deprive you, deprive your family, and deprive the people within your sphere of influence: from the Power of God manifest in your hands to touch, you mouth to speak, and prayers to heal.

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Day #43: Kingly Christ

“Two Witnesses”

When you personally go alone to be with Jesus He opens up all the Scriptures and Parables to you, so that that they become clear (Mark 4:34). Both the Word and the Spirit bearing Witness in you solidifying the manifest realities of the Kingdom of God within your life. The Will of God naturally rising up within you in the Love, the Peace, the Joy, and the Power of God. And as the Lord God speaks in your soul, “who can but prophesy” (Amos 3:8)? The overflow of your heart speaks continually of the Goodness of God.

In the times of Israel, the way the Enemy tried to subdue the nation was through the use of the common Unclean spirit of Lust, Fornication, and Adultery. A prophet named Balaam, of whom the Enemy employed, was unable to curse Israel, and every time he tried the Spirit of God through him spoke only blessings (Num. 22-25, 31:16, Rev. 2:14). But this same prophet told this enemy of Israel a way to win. If the enemy were to send in prostitutes and loose women and cause the Israelite men to sin, you would remove the favour, the protection, and the Hand of God over the nation. So that is what they did and Israel fell. This is how the Enemy works today, he sends a lure to snare you in order that the protection of the Lord may be turned aside as you lustfully or greedily go and get yourself snared. Caught and ready to be devoured by the Devourer. This is not worthwhile, this is not fun. Do not dance with the lures of the Devil, for as a line in the water with a hundred hooks, he will get you. The spirit of Adultery (Lust, Fornication, Homosexuality) and the spirit of Mammon (Money, Greed, Power, Possessions) are powerfully at war against the soul of man.

The Father sees right into the heart of man, but through His Grace He is continually at work to lead you unto repentance and into close relationship with Him. But these foul spirits are at work to deceive, bind, and block you from honestly coming to the Father with your full heart. And hence keeping you from ever really experiencing the sweetness of His Presence upon your life, or the enjoy seeing His Hand powerful at work. Even keeping you from seeing any of the beautiful and wonderful acts of God that are described in Scripture. These Biblical, Old and New

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Testament, realities end up being so far removed from your own personal experience in God. Appearing so distant, impossible, and foreign: clearly realise that this is NOT the Will of God. Truly what a “wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:24 NKJV).

Scripture:

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:6 NKJV)

A most important guide on the Narrow Path, given us of the Holy Ghost, is the reality of Life and Peace. The deepest sense of both Life and Peace rising up in your soul given you of the Spirit of God. This Life and Peace opens up the way for a deepening trust, hope, and faith seeded you of the Father. Opening you up even further unto the Fruits, the Gifts, the Anointing, the Power, and the Authority of God that is intended for each and every believer. And as you come to honestly seek the Presence of God manifest in your life, even in consistent prayer and fasting, through a culture of waiting upon the Lord; you find the sense of Life and Peace truly overwhelming you; indescribably, undefinably, incomprehensibly as the Spirit of God comes and rests upon your life.

This is not purposed to be a highlight of your Christian walk but the standard, the norm, the basis, and the regular. But the Opposing and Accusative spirits work to come against these wonderful Fruits of the Spirit. Endeavouring to lie, cheat, and to steal them from you in the attempt to separate you from the manifest Love of God. For the very Life and Peace of God resting upon your life is deeply powerful against Satan. For the Peace of God speaks, Witnesses, that you are a Child of God, and this same Peace reaches right into the realms of the very Heart of the Father. It is then the Father that comes as a flood against all the demon forces that try to come against you, and with Vengeance He pursues them. For you have simply come and partnered with the Resurrected Christ, the King who resides above all authorities and powers. Living in agreement with the Lord of Glory and no longer in agreement with the Devil.

Recognise what spirit you are of: for each one of these deceptive spirits are purposed to blind you from the Holy Ghost of whom you profess to

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have. I tell you this, that the Blood has given you full rights to the Holy Spirit but it is up to you to come to walk ‘in step’ with, live ‘according to’, be ‘lifted up’ in, and to be ‘clothed’ and ‘dressed’ in Him. However, these Contrary spirits are very common and though a man may be well read in the Word of God, having even a doctorate in biblical studies; but he can still be driven by spirits of Pride and Legalism that runs totally contrary to the Heart of the Father. These cunning spirits try to stand between you, a believer, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The subtlety of these ‘tares’ even spreading into the lives of countless believers as he ministers in the Name of Jesus.

We know that pride is a blockage and humility is key; and yet a man gripped by a spirit of Pride can remain totally blind. And if in his blindness he harms the sheep, he tears apart the church, and sows discord then he is in a very dangerous place. For despite his confession, beliefs, knowledge, and claims as a follower of Christ Jesus, the Hand of God can come against him. And though given time to repent (Priestly) there comes time for judgement (Kingly) in order to protect the Church, to protect the sheep from the spirit of the Wolf. And before the natural time of this man’s life he can be ‘cut off’ by the Spirit of God (Ananias).

God’s Grace and purpose is to set you free, fully free, and for you to become increasingly empowered from Above. But it is your ‘pet’ demon, ie; the spirits of the Enemy that you tolerate, that has you under its hold and grip. For example, money is not evil, but the love of money is; for it has a powerful grip on you; you become its slave. As well: works and law are not evil, but if you live under them and not under the Grace and Love of God, then you live under a spirit of Works and under a Legalist spirit. He who lives under the Spirit of Grace and Love; his works and righteousness are bountiful and come up as a sweet fragrance unto the Lord (1 Cor. 13). But under the spirit of Works and Legalism; one will for ever be condemned by the chief Accuser, always striving in the flesh under Religious spirits and never being able to overcome the sinful nature and the evil thoughts of the mind. Some eventually rising up in its foulness form from the heart; even the foulest sexual or greedy perversion.

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kill, steal, and destroy. Ultimately to work through you to destroy you and the dishonour of the Name of Jesus. A convenient belief that Jesus’ Grace covers all your cherished demons, what is actually happening is that you are choosing to unite yourself with the Enemy who is opposed to Life itself. The Enemy who is opposed to Salvation; the Healing, the Building up, the Revelation, the Encounters, and the Anointing of God. That the body of believers may come into the fullness of Christ Jesus. But despite their contrary nature against the things of God, believers still cling onto these cherished demons, being held close and even nurtured by the believer.

The Accuser stands before the Lord, within the Courts of God, accusing the believer, but God sees the Blood covering the believer. However, a time comes when the Lord delivers the believer over to the Accuser; Satan who has been given rights because of the cherished sin. He, the believer, is handed over “for the destruction of the flesh, so that his soul may be saved on the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). Don’t partner with the Devil or his deceived demons, for what remains then is the believer, even the body of believers, living their Christian life impotent and devoid of Power; even legalistically and religiously, and caged in ineffectualism. Falling so far short of what both the Blood and the Spirit has achieved.

Come then to bear the Fruits of Jesus; for unless you walk according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh you remain open to condemnation (Rom. 8:1). Open to condemnation from all directions: even Satan “having something in you” (John 14:30). With Judas Iscariot a spirit of Mammon was cherished and nurtured by him; and Satan, at a crucial time ‘found something in him’. Peter may have struggled with a spirit of Pride, and at a time when Satan came to ‘sift’ Peter, he ‘found something in him’. Peter’s ‘flesh’ was set to fall in order for his soul to be preserved even strengthened by his it. Not only so, but under a ‘Covenant of Sure Mercy’ Jesus turned around that of which was meant for his harm into the good of his brothers in Christ. Turning even his weakness into great strengths, this is the nature and way of the Father.

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Day #44: Kingly Christ

“Lofty Position”

In the secret place, as you cherish and nurture the Spirit of God, the Presence of God vehemently goes again any demon spirit. Your heart’s tenderness to the Lord so greatly increases, and in His Presence you gladly drop any cherished sin, any pet demon. For the Presence of the Lord becomes too precious to discard. He shows you what demon you listen and are submitted to, and as you discard it from your heart-life, the demon rears up and throws a tantrum. The Power of the Presence of God within you raises a ‘stronghold’ against the Enemy, and the Enemy’s accusations and power against you.

Spiritual opposition: if you come to decide to pick up a culture of fasting before your Lord so that you may grow richly in the Lord, realise that you will meet opposition. For the demon is fundamentally opposed to you truly and honestly coming to the Lord and the demon begins to throw a tantrum; but don’t worry, the Lord will skim of the ‘dross’ (Zech. 13:9).

Be cautious not to stick your head in the sand and deny this reality, if you honestly wish to lay hold of the fullness of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ you will find Religious Accusative spirits rising up against you all over the place. Their intent is always to sway you unto legalism and self- righteousness, self-dependence, and self-works. This coming against you in the church, in fellow believers, and even coming within your own mind. But if you continue in your pursuits, the Holy Spirit raises a standard against them and brings you closer into the Word; He causes you to stand tall on the Truth solidified by the Spirit of God. The Word truly is as like cement and the Spirit like water, and together they become as rock in the foundations of your soul; bringing the fullness of God into your life.

If you live in agreement with the Gospel and join in the principle of Resting in the Lord, then the same spirits of Religion will try to push you to strive under your own flesh. If you honestly come to choose to bow down in all you are before the Lord of Glory in a heart of praise and worship, the Presence of the Living God will come upon you; but it may well be that the next day you become swamped with a spirit of Confusion.

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This is the way of these common spirits, they that are being pushed out by the Witnesses of both the Word and the Spirit within you. And by their accusative and legalistic nature they are trying to find something in you to condemn you before the Courts of God. But as you continue down this right path, the Narrow Path, the Spirit of God comes in your defence and even places over you a Covenant of Sure Mercy (Is. 55:3, 2 Sam. 7). The Spirit of God raises a standard, even a stronghold against the Enemy … so be so very encouraged. Seek the Lord in the Secret Place and Abide under the Shadow of the Almighty, otherwise, where are you? Don’t live your life as a leaf being blown about by everything and anything, caged by a spirit of Doubt and your prayers ineffectual for the connection of faith is lost and God unable to hear them.

The idleness, indifference, or the turning of a blind eye denying to these things does not protect you; nor does it save you or your friends. Religious ‘Christian’ ideologies and practices are no match against the spirits of Cancer, Depression, or Suicide. Coming to walk close with Jesus in the Spirit of God does! Jesus alone is the Answer: walking close with Him in your spirit, soul, mind, and body. The precious gift that you have is that you can come and take decisive steps to draw close to Jesus, with the knowledge that He truly will draw close to you: to be with you and you with Him. Otherwise your confession, your profession, your Scripture quoting, and even praying in ‘Jesus Name’ is of no power to you, as your heart is elsewhere.

If your heart is bound up by a spirit of Pride, of Lust, of Greed, of Ambition, or of Hatred whilst at the same time saying “I believe in Jesus” then you are blind and totally deceiving yourself. Jesus may still work through you, but Satan has something in you and his demon weeds remain producing their seed, and in an ‘opportune’ time you may not be able to stand when he comes; for you have given him rightful place.

We want healing in the church, we want the Spirit of God to freely be at work, we want the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, people’s lives saved, our town and our nation. But we war not against the flesh but in the spiritual realms (Eph. 6:12); and if you truly overcome, as called to do, then Jesus will grant you to sit with Him on His throne (Rev. 3:21). What does this

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mean, but that you will have authority over all the works of the Enemy; over the demon hordes, and the principalities and governing spirits.

Now you know how to bring salvation to your town and to your nation; it is not under the guise of the spirit of Works or the spirit of Charity; but in the Spirit of God. But if you cannot rule your own heart and flesh, ie; self- control (Gal. 5:22-23), then how can you go against the demon of Cancer and expect to win? God desires you to be either hot or cold, if you are ‘hot’ then He will bring healing, and if you are ‘cold’ He will lead you repentance and healing. But if you are lukewarm then you are a contradiction and the Power of God cannot be present, for with one part of you declare the Name of Jesus and with the other you cherish the strength of your own vision and capacity. ‘Oh foolish Galatians’ I seriously encourage you to realise that your flesh profits you zero, it is the Spirit alone that brings Life.

You may feel that “Jesus’ grace is bountiful” as you willingly choose to tolerate and even embrace foul deceptive spirits. But they are all spirits of Rebellion, even Witchcraft in the eyes of God; and you want to welcome them? I say, fall on your knees with tears and cry out to the Living God. Though you claim to be born again, baptised and filled with the Spirit of God, what truly then is the spirit that is actually driving you? In the Last Day, from right within the church, God will separate the sheep from the wolves, the wheat from the tares; so now is the time to open your heart to this reality. Now is the time to check these realities and welcome the Holy Ghost to free you from them. Now is the time and not in the Last Day, for you don’t want Jesus to see you as a wolf and not one of the sheep. It is the sheep who hear the Voice of the Shepherd and I hope these words take you out of a mindless stupor. Recognise the cunning of the Enemy that is against the church, he is there to defame and deflate the Name of Jesus. Why then do you think that the Power of God and the Revelation of Him is rare in the Land, and even in the body of believers (1 Sam. 3:1)?

Sickness, Disease, Cancers, and Premature Death are another type of demon manifesting. Shift then the way you think. As you really come to understand this you will find yourself praying differently, as the Spirit of God teaches you (Rom. 8:26-27). They are no different than a spirit of Pride or Deception; the Presence of God within you goes against these

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Foes and destroys the works of the Enemy. This is the purpose of Jesus’ coming. There are cases that I know of where the spirits of Terminal Diseases swapped and changed their manifestations upon a girl every day; from one terminal disease to another over the course of a whole month. She was going to die, and though death was constantly visible on the face of this beautiful Christian girl, God healed her through the faithful prayer and fasting of her parents. And today she has children of her own and preaches with joy the precious Name of Jesus.

You no longer have to partner with the spirits of Depression, of Oppression, or of Hopelessness: but can decidedly choose to partner with the Spirit of God. Allow Him to come against these foul spirits of Hell on your behalf, you don’t even have to lift a finger; the Joy of the Lord will come upon you, the Peace of God flowing like a river; and with Vengeance He will pursue them. The spirits of Hell come on both the undeserving and the deserving alike, the spirits of Sickness and Disease can come upon the young or the old, they are entirely indifferent to age, sex, or nationality. What then is the answer? His name is Jesus, and this same Jesus gifts you the Holy Ghost.

If you honestly turn your heart to Jesus, He comes to you. If you choose to live your life with your heart united in Him, He will raise you up and strengthen you; even “giving you the Keys” to bind and to loose (Matt. 16:19). But if you live your Christian life just as a pagan, though professing the precious Name of Jesus, how in the world do you ever expect your prayers to reach Heaven? No, they fall to the ground like sand through your fingers. For your confession and your heart are in total contradiction; the spirit that drives you is not the Holy Ghost nor the Name of Jesus that you profess.

I personally come to live the way I live so that I might move the Hand of God when I desire, this according to my Saviour Christ Jesus.

The devil want to keep you impotent and ineffective, ill-equipped, misinformed, misaligned; carnally minded, and fearful. You cannot jump into the ring with Satan and expect to win. You cannot beat him in his own playground. You need to be raised up like an eagle and battle him from your lofty position in the Lord. The eagle doesn’t run around on the

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ground to fight the snake, no it uses its gift of flight to swoop down and strike the snake from above. If you try to go against Satan through your own flesh, or your own mind, you will loose. You need to become dressed and armed in the Holy Ghost. This in itself is by no means of the flesh but of Jesus of whom you set your heart upon and your face towards every day! Do not be deceived in thinking you are anything at all, in your knowledge or your capacity, for you are only dancing with a demon that deceptively wants to kill you and destroy you, or even work through you. Partner not with the cunning foul demon, but partner with the Holy Ghost. Seek the Life and Peace of God, and come to abide in Him that He may truly abide in you. This is your daily choice.

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Day #45: Kingly Christ

“Keys of the Kingdom”

There are only two forces on this planet: 1. one that comes to kill, steal, and destroy, and 2. He who comes to give life and life more abundantly. Who do you wish to draw close to? The default is the Murderer and the Liar; this is where the ‘highway’ of this world (Matt. 7:13-14) is directed. But you have a daily choice to choose Life, it has been handed you (Deut. 30:19), but you have to get off the ‘highway’ and go into the Narrow Gate of God. The Murderer does not care in the slightest if you profess the Name of Jesus, but he does however strongly protest if you come to choose to fully enter into the Gate of the Lord. Come, then, to understand this fundamental reality and expect opposition.

If you choose to fast before the Lord, expect opposition. If you choose to, in honesty and deeply of heart, seek the Lord of Glory in the secret place then expect opposition. Learn to get up from the Table of the Lord with your sword drawn. If you walk into your church and start speaking of the Goodness of God, expect opposition, it is everywhere, it will come even in the least expected places. It will come upon your heart oppressively, it will come upon your mind with confusion, it will come upon your flesh; expect it! Just don’t bow to it, for it is He of whom you seek that will quickly raise a standard against the Enemy and you will be swiftly strengthened in heart, mind and body; through the Witness of both the Spirit and Word of God.

As you come to recognise who you are in Christ Jesus you will truly live and breathe so vastly differently. As Jesus is right now, in Resurrected form, triumphant over both Sin and Death, so are you in world (1 John 4:17). Shift your thinking, allow the Spirit to shift how you approach your day, shift how you see your life in God. Live no longer in part influence of the Devil but fully under the influence of the Holy Ghost and Power. Jesus is King of kings and you are seated right here with Him IF you live “according to the Spirit” and no longer of the flesh. You are seated with Him if you overcome (Rev. 3:21). I don’t care what you believe, if you live according to the flesh than you are not of God, you are not born of Him; “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God” it is they that “are sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). Therefore, as you reign with Jesus you are kings, under He

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who is the King of kings. Come and shift the way you think and “reign (ie; kingly authority) in this life through Christ Jesus” (Rom. 5:17), just like the early believers and the Apostles lived.

Scripture:
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but IF by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom. 8:13 NKJV)

To be led by the Spirit of God is to live under no other influence, this then speaks that truly you are a son of God. Let us be encouraged to press into the Spirit, to go into the Secret Place of the Lord. For not only does a great sense of Life and Peace come over your life, but it is in this place that the Lord continually opens Himself up to you and empowers and dresses you in His Presence. In remaining carnally minded you miss this, though you are a believer. Therefore, as you put aside the carnal mind and set your heart unto the Holy Ghost then Jesus comes upon your life in unimaginable ways; He opens His Heart, His Mind, and His very Being to you. As you truly give Him your whole life, He gives you His whole Life. He draws you so very close, even into the Secret of Places, the Shadow of His Wings, the Inner Sanctuary of Heaven. Man cannot reveal these things to man, a brother cannot reveal this to a brother, but it is only the Holy Spirit of whom you set yourself fully unto that opens your heart, mind, body, and soul to receive. The “Spirit Himself bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God” (Rom. 8:16).

As a king, you do not have to strive in your own strength for in the Heavenly realms you have many who are assigned to assist you and provide for you. For you are born into the Royalty of Heaven; the Authority and Rule of the God, ie; the Kingdom of God. You yourself have been adopted into royalty and the Father has charged His angels over you (Ps. 91:11), and you will come to see angels ascending and descending upon you, for as Christ you are a son of God (John 1:51). Allow the Spirit of God to shift the way you think and realise where the Blood of Jesus Christ has brought you. Put aside what you have learned and come to relearn (Rom. 12:2, Eph. 4:23) according to the Witness of both the Word and the Spirit. Put aside the Carnal spirit, the Orphan spirit, and the Defeated spirit. Live no longer according to what the Thief and the Liar are telling you, or the spirits of Compromise and Complacency, but seek the Lord, eagerly seek

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the Spirit of God, for He will reveal to you who you truly are. Live no longer according to the mind or the flesh, but according to the Spirit of God. Put aside your carnal mind and come to live truly under the adoption (Eph. 1:5) that we are called to; truly living as a son or daughter of the Living God in the Heavenly realms!

Scripture:

For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:17 NKJV)

When Jesus walked the earth He was the Priestly Christ, when He ascended He became the Kingly Christ; the Resurrected Jesus in His full Glory, full Authority and Right. Both is true: He is both the Lamb and the Lion, He is both Saviour and Judge, He is both Christ and Lord, He is both Christ and King. So then the same remains true for you, born of the Holy Ghost; you are both priest and king (Rev. 5:9-10) under the Chief Priest and the King of kings; called to live how Christ Jesus is now … in this world.

There is a right way unto the Lord that leads you to live your life totally triumphant over the Enemy – he being left totally and utterly powerless. But it is to this very same ‘right way’ that the Enemy himself is totally opposed to for he knows the power it has over him. For such a believer enters into the kingly rights, a position that God has established for all who come to believe in His Son and receives Him fully to heart. And it is against this very same knowledge that legions of spirits actively run against to keep you from walking in your Right as sons of God. They wish to regain influence and bearing over your life but it is the Spirit of God that aggressively goes against them as you walk according to the Spirit.

By human nature and origins we are so far fallen from the Glory of God. But it is the Lamb who is now King that has provided the means for you and I to be raised up into His Glory with Him, here today (Rom. 6:4, 2 Cor. 4:14-15). It is from this place that the believer can live, breathe, and walk in this same Glory “reigning in this life” (Rom. 5:17) as kings over all that comes against the Heart and the Kingdom of the Father. Therefore, the encouragement of the Father is for you to shift your thinking, for by the sinful nature even the believer can think and see so very small. Shift then how you approach your Heavenly Father and your relationship with Him.

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Christ Jesus is both Priest and King, He is both Lamb and Lion, He was the Sacrifice but now is Resurrected; the mind shift is this – as Christ Jesus IS so are we in the world (1 John 4:17). Allow the Lord, by the Spirit of the Living God, to shift your heart and your thinking that you may truly be lifted up in your mortal life to reign with Him over all the powers of the Enemy. And as we minister in this life encouraging and leading people unto our wonderful Lord and Saviour, as ‘priests’, we also live as kings with the Him seated with the Lord above the angels, heavenly hosts, and the powers of the spiritual realms (Eph. 1:19-21). And when you bind it is bound in Heaven, when you loose so it is loosed in Heaven. But this is the key: “he who overcomes gains all of this” (Rev. 3:21).

In this seated position (Eph. 2:6) that the Holy Ghost leads you into; your prayer life changes. And though as a ‘priest’ of the Lord God interceding on behalf of others you can also rise up and command. There is a time for praying in intercession and then there is a time to pray with a commanding word … “be healed in Jesus Name!” It is not as though the Lord asks on your behalf, but the Father, Himself, will give you whatever ask (John 16:26-27). In this seated position in Christ Jesus; the angels themselves have been given charge over you, they being assigned to you (Ps. 91), and you too will see them going back and forth from your Heavenly Father (John 1:51).

Fall not short of what the Blood of the Lamb has achieved for you: for as our Heavenly Father states, “you are gods, all of you are sons and daughters of the Most High”, but if you are not careful “you will die like mere mortals” (Ps. 82:6-7). The demon will do his best to come against you walking in this revelation; just as the religious leaders of Jesus’ day picked up stones to strike Him down (John 10). The same demon active and full of hate towards you, through the same spirit of Religion and Legalism, will come against you to stop you ever coming to walk in this most precious and powerful truth. He desires for you as a born again believer to remain just like a castrated bull: placid, docile, fat, and impotent. Is this your dream … for it is not the Father’s … and the spirits of Hell crowd the path and are bent against you walking in the Dreams of the Father. But He who is with you is greater than he who is in the world: IF you give Him full rightful Lordship over your life.

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Let is not go too far, but at the same time let us not fall short of the Cross and the Spirit given. We must come to learn what is meant by “walking in step with the Holy Spirit of God.” No man can give this to you, no bible college can impart; this is given you of the Holy Ghost of whom you spend constant, regular, and treasured time with. In Jesus most precious Name!

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Scripture:

Day #46: Kingly Christ

“Kingly Christ”

For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth. (Rev. 5:9-10 NKJV)

The one who is Deceived wishes also to keep you deceived; closed eyed and deaf to what the Blood has bought you. To keep you from entering into the fullness of that of which Christ Jesus paid a hefty price to achieve for you. We have two Witnesses: the Word and the Spirit, and just like cement and water; the Word and the Spirit work together to solidify the Kingdom of God in you. Allow the Word of God to make clear that of which the Spirit of God has prepared and keeps ready for you (1 Cor. 2:9 AMPC). It is the Spirit of God of whom you ‘prepare and make the way’ for (Is. 40:3) of whom becomes like a secret Friend in very High Places. It is He of whom opens your eyes and your ears to that of which the Word of God clearly speaks of. For the underlying purpose of the Enemy is to keep you blind, deaf, and bound up under his foul grip and control that only is purposed to eventually kill, steal, and destroy you. This occurring right in the midst of the church, the gathering of His people.

It is Christ Jesus of whom comes to destroy the works of Satan (1 John 3:8) and hence He who raises you up in Him, by the Spirit of God within you; it is He who has handed you all authority, power, rights, and even legions of angels to work on your behalf: to destroy the works of the Enemy. It is Jesus, Himself, who will “give you the Keys of the Kingdom of God so that whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven” (Matt. 16:19) … do you fundamentally believe that?

But how can you walk in these things if you live under a spirit of Pride or Fear? How can you walk in these things if your heart is just as a pagan set upon the fishing lures of this life (Matt. 6:31-33), or under the spirit of Witchcraft desiring to lord over people. God loves you too much; for if you enter into spiritual battles against the demon and Satan finds ‘something in you’ (John 14:30) then he will bring you much harm. If you try to cast

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out a demon in the Name of Jesus Christ, at the same time gripped by a spirit of Religion or Mammon then the demon may turn on you and rip you to shreds (Acts 19:15-16). If you are driven or live under the influence of the spirit of Hatred, ie: Unforgiveness, Bitterness, Offence, Judgemental heart, Critical, Indifferent, Intolerant, or Abusing even the sheep of God; then you have open doorways for Satan to do you great harm. The Answer is always Jesus, and a heart of repentance: full recognition that you are less than the full Glory purposed for you, as Paul always felt in his heart before God, “what a wretched man I am who will save me?”

If you come to Jesus under a spirit of Law then you will remain blind irrespective of your knowledge. If you come to Jesus under the Spirit of Grace and Love your eyes will be opened.

How can you be given the Keys of the Kingdom of God, even the authority to forgive or withhold forgiveness (John 20:22-23), to bless or retain your blessing (Matt. 10:13); if you operate under a spirit of Pride or Selfish- Ambition? How can you call judgement, or the Hand of God to bear against the wolves that ravish the church, when you tolerate things in your own life that are not of God? How can you issue Righteous Judgement of God in a situation when you when you are under a spirit of Unrighteousness? For if you call the Righteous Judgement of God against an adversary, but at the same time retained cherished sins this causes the Righteous Judgement of God to fall upon you first.

As a child of the Living God, being prepared to reign with Him on earth, Jesus is setting you in such a position that if you forgive it will be forgiven in Heaven, if you withhold your forgiveness it will be withheld in Heaven. But if you are still been driven, motivated, and gripped by a spirit of Unforgiveness, Hatred, Judging and Condemning others … so too will you be condemned. For the measure that you use it will be measured you. But if by the Spirit of God you put to death the sinful nature and live according to the Spirit of God then there is no condemnation. So when you come to make a Righteous Judgement, in the spiritual realms, then the Judge will come here today and the Hand of God will come to bear. But if you are still bound by deceptive spirits the Righteous Judgement of God will fall upon you first. This is why we live in the Righteous standards of Heaven, even as

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Christ Jesus, so that we might be able to move the Hand of God whenever needed.

Let us shift our thinking, let us allow the Spirit of God to move us into the realms that the Blood of our Lord Jesus bought for each one of us. Allow the Spirit of the Living God to shift your mind and soul to move into the kingly place that Christ Jesus has assigned for you. That you may “reign (kingly authority) in this life through Christ Jesus” (Rom. 5:17). Jesus is both Christ and Judge, and a part of His purpose is to prepare you, here and now, as a judge (1 Cor. 6:2-3). But in order to be able to judge, the measure you use will be measured you; this is why you live according the Spirit of God and no longer linked in any way to the spirits of this Age.

To recap: it is possible to be under the influence of spirits that are contrary to the Holy Spirit, even though you are baptised in the Name of Jesus and received of the Holy Ghost. This is so common, but the key is that as you honestly come to seek the Presence of God in the secret place, it is the Holy Spirit given His rightful place, that by His shear Presence goes against these foul deceived, lying, cheating, and thieving spirits. Be bold, bring them out into the light, right here and now, that the Light of God may shine upon them that you see them for what they truly are: deceived liars, foul demons from Hell, sent from he who is Deceived; thinking that he can come against the Anointed. His power is stripped bare by the Blood of the Cross of Calvary and though he wars against us he by default is a looser (Rev. 12:13,17)

Scripture:
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:18-20 NKJV)

Don’t revel in the fact that you have authority to trample over all the power of the demon hordes. But rejoice alone in the reality that your names are written in Heaven. “Vengeance is Mine” says the Lord, do not be snares by a spirit of Revenge for then you are of a different spirit than the Holy Ghost. To revel in the authority and power of God to lord over

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the people, then you are rooted in the spirit of Witchcraft and Rebellion, of Sorcery and Murder.

As the man of the house you have to be founded properly in who you are in Christ Jesus. As a spiritual authority in the household, either the woman or the man, you need to be rightly founded; that is, truly seated with the Lord. If the husband isn’t saved it is the wife who is the spiritual authority, take your role seriously and come into alignment with the Spirit of God in the secret place of your soul. And the Lord will raise you in authority over the Enemy, the Devourer of the sheep, and seated with Him the Lord will go against the Thief.

To be continued …

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Scripture:

Day #47: Kingly Christ

“Kingly Christ” (cont.)

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 12:13,17 NKJV)

We who are born of the Son of God and are at war against the Enemy, how much more than do we need to be equipped and established in the Holy Ghost. There is so much unnecessary suffering because a spirit of Compromise is retained within the church; within the hearts of the individual members. A spirit of Works and Legalism but not a heart fully submitted to the Holy Ghost. For in this believers continually struggle, being tossed like a leaf in the wind, living misaligned as one who lives far “short of the Glory of God.” Is this your dream, or let me say, is this the dream of Jesus as He hung on the Cross? Is this the dream of the Father who sent His one and only Son to die so brutally on the Cross for you and I? I say this … shift! Come to shift the way you approach your King or otherwise you will just continue to live a defeated life though one born of Christ Jesus. But this is why you have two Witnesses: the Word and the Spirit of God, even the Blood and the Testimony; however though being baptised of the Holy Spirit but still at the same time clinging onto your own flesh you will not win for we cannot “love our life unto death” (Rev. 12:11).

Warlocks, witches, spiritualist, and Devil worshippers can be stronger in Satan than you are in God. They can have more devotion, with deeper ties, and stronger commitment than you have in Christ Jesus. How in the world do you expect to win? They can control Principalities whilst you live your precious walk in Jesus with such partiality. And you think that if you pray for the one of whom the Devil is manifesting in that you will win? No, he will turn against you; one who is poorly founded in the Lord. Though you may be able to quote scripture, and read the Bible from cover to cover every week, you remain ignorant of the things of God; never coming to truly bow your life to Him.

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We are co-shepherds with Jesus, so we look after the sheep. We defend the sheep from the wolves and with a Rod Jesus will dash them to pieces (Ps. 2:9). As Priestly Christ we nurture and feed the sheep, we patiently work with them though sometimes they are stubborn, brainless, and such creatures of habit. But the way of the Shepherd, Christ Jesus the King, is to sometimes operate as Kingly Christ to bring the Hand of God to bear against the Enemies of the Kingdom. Fundamentally we persist and persist turning the cheek and showing kindness to our enemies; and then there are times that we must warn. Just like Peter warned Simon the Sorcerer, and the man swiftly repented (Acts 8:20-24).

There are enemies that come against you ‘a sheep’, or the church ‘a flock’, that can be of such a spirit of Hatred, such a spirit of Rebellion and Witchcraft that you have to treat them differently. You have to treat them as a Wolf against the sheep. There are times when you turn the other cheek (Matt. 5:39) and then there are times where you turn the tables over (Matt. 21:12). There are times when you give your spare tunic (Luke 3:11) and then there are times you sell you tunic and buy a sword (Luke 22:36). The sword in Christ is the Sword of the Spirit and the enemies of God will meet their Maker, and the Hand of God will either bring them to repentance or destroy them.

Scripture:

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. (Ps. 2:12 NKJV)

Jesus is both the Lamb and the Lion: He first and foremost comes as a Lamb, not to judge but to set you free. However, Jesus is also Lord and Judge over all the earth, and He may come as the Lion to bring Righteous Judgement. In His graciousness He may make you blind, like with Paul, to bring you to repentance; or otherwise in His Judgement He might come as He did with the Ananias and Sapphira and they died. For both Paul and Ananias were under the spirit of the Wolf. Don’t mistake who Jesus is, He is both Priest and King, Christ and Lord, Saviour and Judge. And as Jesus (my Friend) comes amongst us, He comes as a “Launderer’s Soap” and “who can stand in the hour of His coming” (Mal. 3:1-7)?

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King David under stood this very well, as he would say, “who can come against the Lord’s Anointed?” You have been Anointed by the Spirit of God, and raised to sit with Jesus on His throne at the Right Hand of God. If you have overcome by the Spirit of God (Rev. 3:21), then you to have been made both priest and king (Rev. 5:9-10), and just as Jesus IS so are all who walk according to the Spirit of God (1 John 4:17). Who can come against the Lord’s Anointed? In Christ Jesus you make the most wonderful friend: loving, patient, kind, tolerant and generous. But equally you are also a most powerful enemy, for the enemies of God will meet their Maker before their appointed time; the Hand of God will either take off the wheels of their cart before they go off a cliff or kill someone (like Paul), or God will take their lives in order to protect the sheep (Ananias). The Shepherd tenderly cares for the sheep but He is aggressive against the wolves. As Christ is so are we in this world, we co-shepherd with Him and protect the sheep from all that comes against the Kingdom of God; not with our own hand but with the Hand of God.

Ananias and Sapphira were brought into the fold under the ministry of the Apostles. They were baptised in the Name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit. But they cherished the spirit of Mammon, hiding this fact from the other believers and even the Apostles. So the grip of their cherished pet demon was so strong over their lives that they openly lied to the Holy Ghost. Peter because of where he was seated with Christ Jesus, he spoke the Heart of the Father and it was the Spirit of God that judged them both. Realise that the early Church was a seed for all future churches, the spirit of Mammon that was so rife throughout Jerusalem would have been sown as tares for all future generations. I am not judge, Jesus is Judge, the Hand of God will Judge; be not mistaken or trample on the Spirit of God.

Misbalance: sometimes believers fail to show the grace and mercy to the measure and level of Jesus, but at other times the level of grace and mercy is far beyond the Heart of the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. In the early Church the Holy Spirit did things that today would cause the modern day church to cringe. But who is right, you a mere man or the Holy Ghost? The Resurrected Kingly Jesus was made most welcome in the book of Acts, but if the same Jesus was to walk into our modern liberal churches He would be scorned. And we wonder why we don’t see miracles or the outpouring of the Spirit of God; or our city saved. In the times of the early

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Church the whole city held them in “such high regard” (Acts 5:13-15), and the believers “living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, increased greatly in numbers” (Acts 9:31). There is a healthy fear of God that leads people to repentance, and what is repentance? A life saved from the grip of the Devourer, the Liar, the Murderer, and the Thief. Is not this ‘fear’ precious in your eyes? And continuing in this chapter of Acts: “at the hands of the hands of the Apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people.”

Scripture:

No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. (Acts 5:13-15 NIV)

These things cannot be given you of man but only by the Holy Ghost. The issues is not that you believe in Jesus, or how long you have been in the Lord, nor is it how much Bible you know or your standing among man. The key is coming to Jesus as a little child, and humbling and submitting oneself to the Holy Ghost. That He might raise you up. Flesh profits man nothing, so totally nothing, but the Spirit of God is the value. You may have great knowledge but it is only the Spirit of God that makes the fruits of the Kingdom active and alive in you. If you come to God in your weakness His Power will be strong.

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OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence

– As when fire kindles the brushwood
and the fire causes the waters to boil –
to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! When You did terrible things

which we did not expect,
You came down;
the mountains quaked at Your presence. For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear,
nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him
who [earnestly] waits for Him. (Isaiah 64:1-4 AMPC)

Day #48: Kingly Christ
“Jesus your Teacher (2): the Power of Praise”

Gifts of the Spirit: what is the purpose of this subject, what is the value? The
earnest seeking of the Gifts of the Spirit is to countermand and destroy the works
of Satan. To bring healing to the suffering, liberation to the bound, release from
the grips and holds of Satan through the Power of God and the blessed Touch of the
Holy Spirit. This is the work of Jesus our Lord, this also then is the honour that
each believer holds; for we too are sons (and daughters) of God (John 1:12).

Scripture:
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Then the earth
shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us, and
all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. (Psalm 67-5-7 NKJV)

Any cares that come between you and praising the Name of Jesus is from the Devil,
and can be treated as such. Causes of fear, worry, depression, confusion, and
hardships; financial, sickness, persecution and oppression. These are all attempts
and schemes of Satan to draw you from abiding in the Spirit to become one who is
again drawn to focus on the flesh. That is: contained, restrained, powerless, and in
a potential state of defeat. Becoming one who again lives in the limited strength,
limited capacity, and the limited mind-sets of the flesh. Being held under the grip
and manipulation of Satan and not in the Freedom (Gal. 5:1) that Christ was
crucified to bring. To this daily take up your cross as you are encouraged to in the
Lord, and continually draw from Heaven and Heaven’s reserves.

Through praise God has commanded the very earth to “yield its increase”. In another
place, the Word speaks of how God has called “Heaven and earth as a witness” to
yield blessings to you because you have chosen Life and no longer bow down to he of
whom is Death. Heaven and earth itself is decreed to respond to your heart and
lifestyle of praise, opening up Heaven to you and making the way for the blessings
of Heaven to increase upon your life; “loving the LORD your God, listening to His
voice, and holding fast (cleaving yourself) to Him” (Deut. 30:19-20).

The power of praise: coming to choose to remain in a heart of praise unto your Lord
is a most precious gift for each and every believer. For in this it is the Lord who
goes in vengeance against the Enemy, the Foe, and the Avenger (Ps. 8:2). With
‘furious Divine Jealousy’ (Is. 59:17-18 AMPC) the Father pursues and utterly
destroys him. Your Lord pursues the demon to the furthest reaches regardless how he
manifests; in sickness, financial loss, relational, etc. In one way the demon comes
but in seven ways he will be scattered (Deut. 28:7). In one way where he has stolen
God restores seven-fold (Prov. 6:31). With the Strongman being defeated the Lord now
sets about bringing complete and total healing.

The heart of David made him the apple of God’s eye, his inherent heart of praise the
very lineage of the Son of God.

The Lord is beautiful to behold, His Love and Kindness everlasting, His Generosity
unceasing: through a heart of praise the very earth is commanded to “bear its
fruits”, and the Glory of the Lord fills the Temple of God. The Temple that God
Himself has established within your soul, built with bricks by spiritual hands. The
Kingdom of God and its governance being established in you, the Hosts of Heaven
descending and being assigned to your life as you continually press into the Lord.

When Jesus healed He did it so effortlessly, when He spoke such grace was upon His
words. But when He reprimanded He brought those who loved Him into right alignment
with Heaven that they too might openly receive as He.

This is the power of the gift of praise that is given to all who believe in the Name
of Jesus. Coming to learn to pray unceasingly, with praise unending in the depths of
the soul, for this is the nature of the Spirit filled believer; the soul ties of a
believer unto the Throne of God. Spirit to spirit, Soul to soul, Mind to mind, and
Flesh to flesh. With unceasing interaction, the heart ‘chatter’, the unceasing
drawing from the Lord, and being filled with Him by Him. God has extended His Hand
through the Blood and the Cross but in order to participate is through the
believer’s own heart of praise. This gift of praise is given to the least and the
greatest, one with or without hope. A believer choosing to reach out in spirit unto
the Lord, regardless of what is in front of him, and in this faith the Lord
“rewards” (Heb. 11:6). That is, His very physical manifest Presence graces your life
only ever increasingly.

The receiving of the Holy Spirit is not the end, it is not an arrival point, but it
is the starting point, the beginning.

In these earlier chapters, I am trying to introduce a right foundation, a right
alignment, so that you can walk successfully and increasingly successful in
spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare that also includes the bringing of Salvation to
the lost, the setting Free of the bound, the Gift of Healing, Miracles, and
Prophecy. For all the miraculous work of the Father is a form of spiritual warfare
against the works of the Enemy. However, the greater the Glory that you carry the
greater you become a target of the Enemy. This is to be expected and is part of the
importance of uniting yourself, bond-tying yourself, in the Holy Ghost; making
decisive steps to come under the ‘Shadow’ of the Almighty (read: Ps. 91). And also
the importance of the sanctification process of the Spirit of God even through the
heart of praise. For as in the life of king David, the heart of praise draws the
blessing of the Father and it is He who comes in vengeance to defend.

However, do not be mistaken, this is warfare and is a very serious endeavour and
needs to be treated as such. The cunning of the Enemy cannot be underestimated nor
discarded, hence the great need to draw closer and closer to the Spirit – walking in
step with the Spirit! – just as called, and it is a most precious gift. For God
seeks to protect you, strengthen you, and even equip you unto greater exploits in
the Lord; bringing Spirit, Life and Hope to the hopeless. And here in the Spirit
there is no condemnation, however, still walking unto the flesh leaves you as an
open target to the manipulation, oppression, limitation, and bondage of Satan. But
be encouraged: in Christ you have been given a wonderful right and that is through
praise and seeking His Face that His Presence graces your life and as the Spirit
speaks into your soul He leads you through the gauntlet of demonic opposition that
is common to all man and establishes you on firm and solid ground.

But if you choose to remain under the flesh whilst following Jesus through religion
and law, then you remain open to condemnation (Rom. 8:1 KJV); you remain open to
attack and never truly overcome. Sickness still comes upon the church and lives
unnecessarily cut short by disease, and lives traumatised and never truly finding
the Peace of God. Without tenderness in the Spirit of God how will you ever win, how
will you ever be triumphant and powerful in the Lord? And what gift are you giving
others if not then the Gift of God?

The religious walk never sufficiently addresses the hidden sin or doubt and unbelief
of the heart, and doctrines arise that make these things still acceptable. Treating
Jesus as only the Lamb and denying Him as Lion and King; this leaves the believer
open to attacks of Satan unto the flesh. Even the Lord Himself coming along and
handing the believer over to Satan for the ‘destruction’ of the flesh so that the
believer may truly come to a place of repentance that his eternal soul may be saved
(1 Cor. 5:5). This He does out of love, caring more for your eternal soul than your
flesh that is as grass. Though Satan does come against the innocent and the pure of
heart, still somehow getting through, but the path of the Spirit is the path of
power; for the healing and restoring of that of which was stolen. Battles may still
be lost but the war we have won and do win as we continue to press in.

Legal foothold: the truth is that the believer can give legal foothold and legal
right for Satan to have backdoor entrance into one’s life. However, your praise
draws the Father, your tenderness draws the Spirit of God, and your willingness and
longing of heart draws the ministering Presence of God; as your Shield and
exceedingly Great Reward. It is in this that the Spirit Himself makes these ‘back
doors’ clear and plain to you and gives you capacity to close them. As you come to
realise that you and your knowledge are not the answer to the universe, but the
Person of Christ Jesus is, and you come to truly approach Jesus in praise and humble
inquiry of soul; He works to free you from known and unknown demonic strongholds and
begins to equip you increasingly of the Power of the Kingdom of God. Understand
this: approaching the Lord through religion and law does not destroy cancer or any
other foul manifestation of the Devil, nor does pride and knowledge, but the heart
of praise does for the Jesus is with you.

God gives spiritual sustenance from Heaven to the hungry, but to those who are
already full what can He possibly give? To the hungry He gives more, and the more He
gives the hungrier one becomes – this is the way of the Kingdom of God.

The honour that we all possess in Christ Jesus, is that we can individually broaden
our own tent pegs to allow a greater measure of the Glory of God to rest upon our
own lives. And how do we do this, we go to Jesus and sit at His feet. It is an
incredible gift in the Lord that you and I are able to gain a greater Anointing, a
greater Gifting, a greater Knowing, and a greater capacity to carry and behold the
Glory and Presence of God. That you may be able to come against the schemes of the
Enemy even with the full backing of Heaven.

In these last days Satan is thrashing about because he knows his time is coming to
an end. Wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes and even the very balance of Nature
being shaken. Sicknesses, disease, and evil untold … they are all being seen
before our eyes this very day. Loved ones suffering and people dying before their
time, strange plagues, new and horrendous fronts of evil. Satan is rearing up: so
now truly is the time for the “sons of God to be revealed” for all of “earth groans
in the tribulation waiting” for the Glory of God to be revealed through you and I
(Rom. 8:19). It is the very welcomed and sought after Spirit of God that raises a
Standard against the Evil that comes – and those who wait upon the Lord shall see
Him come in His Glory standing guard as a Shepherd over His sheep, and as the Lion
of Judah He aggressively goes against the works of Satan.

Scripture:
I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!
(Luke 12:49 NASB)

The ball is in your court: Jesus deeply desires to cast Fire upon the earth (and
upon your life) but He can’t unless you are kindled! You are the restriction not
God, for everything is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ in Him. Be deeply encouraged as you
personally seek the Lord. The ‘kindling’ is your preparation in the Lord but it is
also your protection for as you walk according to the Spirit of God He raises you up
in Glory upon Glory. Here today not everyone is a Daniel or and Elijah, not everyone
a Peter or a Paul … but everyone has the same capacity, through the Holy Ghost, to
become as they and even greater. The limitation is not Heaven at all but in your own
hunger and desire in response to a simple child-like belief of the Word of God.

The Evil One is intent and is continually at work to draw you out of the Spirit and
back unto the flesh. But this is the power of praise: praise of soul unites you in
God. Satan orchestrates circumstances and contrives events to come at opportune
times, just as he did with Jesus (Luke 4:13), in the firm attempt to draw you out of
the Spirit back into the realm of which he operates. That is your own flesh against
the Devil; in this place you cannot be successful. Satan wants to draw you out of
the Joy and the Strength of the Spirit of God, unto doubt of His Power and His
Presence. He wants to draw you out of the Love of God unto the fear of this life and
the dread of the demon. It is in the realms of the flesh that is the place of which
he operates, it is in these realms of the flesh that he has power and authority. But
for the believer who abides in the Spirit, Satan has no power nor authority of any
kind! Therefore, it is only by the Spirit that you have the Power over him and
capacity to draw from your endless Reserves in Heaven.

Lofty position in the Spirit of God: realise that as the eagle does not run around
on the ground to fight the Snake, but uses its gift of flight to swoop down and
strike the Snake from above with its powerful talons. Nor does the eagle live on the
ground but is purposed to live in high and lofty places; so let us come into
alignment with the Head, that is Christ Jesus, and allow the ‘wind’ of the Spirit to
give us flight. This comes naturally when you yourself begin to feed of Heaven;
feeding from the mouth of God into your own mouth, your own soul, and your own
spirit (Deut. 8:3). It is the Spirit of God Himself that gives you the food that
strengthens your wings for flight. It is Jesus Himself of whom teaches you how to
fly as you personally come to meet with Him in your private sessions. Now with
strength you are able to increasingly go on the offensive and break down spiritual
strongholds, bringing healing and salvation of the Lord, and in this becoming
increasingly successful in spiritual warfare.

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord I recognise that opposition comes,
that even the demon world that is viciously opposed. But I also recognise that you a
Jealously with me. Lord, I diligently seek your Face daily for I know that you
Personally build me up in you, each day, and you change my heart; taking out of me
the old and placing in me with the New. But I also know that with ‘furious Divine
Jealousy’ you set the Enemy up for a fall, and you openly pursue the Enemy unto his
complete and total destruction. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

 

Day #49: Kingly Christ
“Jesus your Teacher (3): Legal Foothold”

In summation of the previous chapter:

The earth has been commanded by God to yield its increase (Ps. 67), not only so but
Heaven also yields increase to you simply through your retained heart of praise unto
the Lord. Your tender praise of soul that remains regardless of what is set before
you or comes against you. The absolute rich value in “loving the Lord, listening to
His Voice, and cleaving yourself to Him” (Deut. 30:20 NIV/JUB). It is through this
that the earth has been commanded by God to release Life, Blessing, and Fruitfulness
to you automatically!

What does this word ‘cleaving’ mean? Is it not uniting yourself and bonding yourself
in the Lord? This by no means can be religious, nor legalistic, but is deeply
relational and deeply personal. This type of cleaving refuses even the smallest
influence of the purposes of Satan to impede your unceasing praise, tenderness, and
yearning for the Face of God. It refuses to allow any form of the ‘virus’ of Satan
between you and your ‘grafting’ in the Branch. What then becomes most apparent to
you is that the ‘Divine Jealousy’ (Is. 59:17-18 AMPC) of the Lord starts to come
along side you and in rising up goes out and pursues the Enemy regardless of what
form he has come: in sickness, great loss, oppression, etc. God dresses Himself in
‘vengeance’ and with ‘zeal as a cloak’ to repay the Enemy with ‘wrath’ and
‘retribution’ on your behalf. It is your eternal praise that draws Heaven upon your
life here today and blossoms the manifest Kingdom of God.

Remember that it is Satan’s purpose, since the Beginning, to try to drive a wedge
and come between you and your praise, your love, your trust; and your ability to
hear, listen, and obey the Shepherd’s Voice (John 10:27). Between you and the Life
giving ‘sap’ of the Branch; endeavouring to restrict you in your ability to freely
abide under and receive from an Open Heaven. His schemes and the ‘fruit’ of his
purposes is there to lure and draw you back out of the Spirit and again unto the
flesh. This is the purpose of the plans of the Enemy and the problems that he
contrives to bring upon you. It is, however, Jesus’ purpose to raise you to become
increasingly invincible through the Power and Might of the Holy Spirit resting upon
your life. Even as an Elijah who called down the fire of God, or as an Apostle who
carried and brought the Fire of God wherever they went.

Scripture:
For He [the LORD] put on righteousness like a coat of armor, and salvation like a
helmet on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and covered Himself
with zeal [and furious divine jealousy] as a cloak. As their deeds deserve, so He
will repay: wrath to His adversaries, retribution to His enemies. (Is. 59:17-18
AMPC)

As the Enemy came in the Old Testament where hundreds of thousands surrounded Israel
and the Lord rose up only 300 to fight against them and they gained a complete
victory; so it is in our modern day. As the 185,000 lay siege and encamped with the
intent to totally destroy Israel but in the morning God sent an angel and ‘put to
death’ them all. And as the Egyptians were marching after the Israelites and they
were hemmed in at the Red Sea; Moses said to them, “the Lord will fight for you, you
need only be still” (Ex. 14:14). This is the same with the Enemy of God today: for
the church, the people of God, and individual believers have been living under
constant siege by hundreds of thousands of demons. Demons causing believers to be
caged and held under strongholds and the limitations of: religion, legalism,
condemnation, bondage, oppression, confusion, depression, frailty, blindness,
deafness, sickness, disease, cancer, premature death, etc. To all these foul
manifestations of the Devil the “zeal” and “furious Divine Jealousy” of the Lord
goes against to utterly destroy them all, regardless of how he has shown himself.
And this simply through an attitude of praise, honour, and worship retained in the
hearts of God’s faithful children.

Scriptures:
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against
your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger … And he who dwells in the secret
place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the
Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. (Psalm 8:2 NIV, 91:1 AMPC)

Through your “cleaved” and soul-tied bond in the Lord; “loving Him” and “listening”
to His Voice, in a heart of unceasing praise unto the Lord; you abide in the “Secret
Place”, under the Protection, Provision, and Fruitfulness of the “Shadow of the
Almighty”. Here in this Place the Terror of the Presence of the Lord comes upon
Satan and upon his demonic hordes and they flee. Not only so but the Vengeance of
the Lord pursues them to the nth degree to utterly destroy them in all their works.
These pictures painted for us in the Old Testament have now become a physical
representation of how God works here today, simply through one who delights to seek
the Face of the Lord and praise Him regardless of what Satan presents. For as in the
time of Jericho (Josh. 6) it is God who goes out before you against the schemes and
plans of the Enemy and the Foe on your behalf, breaking down mighty strongholds –
even the Strongman that dominates and tries to lay charge.

Job is known for this one thing: he never failed to give Jesus praise and honour
though he found himself in the dust and ashes of despair (Job 1:20-21).

Job’s ‘heart of integrity’: the Terror of the Lord besieges the demon and the Horror
of the Lord consumes them – they dare not come against you. God sends out Hornets to
go before you and drive them out before you even arrive (Ex. 23:27-28), and rumour
fills the strongholds of Satan and the Dread of the Lord comes upon them all; Satan,
in whatever form he comes, flees the Presence of the Lord that rests upon your life
and upon the congregation of believers (worshippers). And because of the
faithfulness of believers the very atmosphere of your town changes through the
angels that are assigned: spiritually, in government, crime, and the economy. The
blessings of God are upon you automatically, simply through your heart of praise and
longing for “the Face of Jesus” (Ps. 67).

“The power of the Spirit being present to perform miracles and to heal” (Luke 5:17,
Rev. 2:1-5). With furious Divine Jealousy the “angels of God” (2 Kings 19:35) pursue
the Enemy and utterly destroys them and you are left with the plunder and spoils of
war (2 Kings 7). That is: healing, deliverance, restoration, liberation and freedom
to the bound and the lost. And through the Spirit of God the angels go before you
and war aggressively against the demon making way for the Gospel and the healing
Power of God to come through the laying on of hands. And the Holy Spirit remains at
work long after the spoken word of prayer (Mark 16:17-18).

There are so many things in the Kingdom that are only given to those who seek the
Lord. Be encouraged, as you come to earnestly seek Him Heaven itself increasingly
becomes open to you.

 

A Heart of Integrity

How is it possible to walk in the Power of God without a heart of integrity? The
truth is that God, in concern, protects you and does not allow His Glory to flow
through you (in Signs and Wonders) because it attracts the Enemy and you are so
unprepared. Though you have the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit –
but you stand there fully exposed in your underwear!

In hardship praise is quickly forgotten and honour for the Name of Jesus is quickly
put aside. And the ‘Voice’ and ‘Presence’ of God is replaced by the ‘voice’ and
‘presence’ of Satan; that tries to puff you up or to tear you down. It is the
presence of the demon that ‘speaks’ lust, pride, greed, or power; or otherwise
speaks hopelessness, despair, failure, or ruin. And it is your swift agreement with
these things that makes you open for Satan to come regain an authority over you. But
alternatively, in always choosing to retain a heart of praise, of honour, and
longing for the Face of the Lord your God (walking in the Spirit); this draws His
Voice, this draws His Presence to continually ‘speak’ over your life. In all things
and through all things you are giving the Lord full rights and full Authority over
your life. Even for you to abide under and move in the Authority and Power of the
Kingdom of God (Matt. 8:5-13).

Daniel: it is the purpose of the Holy Spirit to raise you to have a heart that is as
Daniel; who retained an ‘excellent spirit’ (Dan. 5:12). When the Enemy conspired
together and set up a plan to totally destroy him, he could not find anything in him
because of his heart of integrity. And with Daniel’s tight knitted heart unto the
Father, abiding daily in the Presence of the Lord (seeking His Face, waiting upon
the Lord, sitting at His feet, and a heart tender to hear from the mouth of God even
through a culture of fasting), our Heavenly Father sent an angel to protect him and
close the mouth of the lion. If Daniel had only sought the Lord through religion and
law, through reasoning of knowledge, traditions (doctrines), instructions and
practices of man then the lions would have had him. If Daniel had only sought the
approval and honour of man rather than diligently seeking the Honour and Approval of
God (John 5) then he would have been eaten up by those who conspired against him. As
he fell to the floor crying out “in Jesus Name”, “I rebuke you”, “I bind you”, “I
cast you out” … the lions would have crunched his bones before he hit the ground.
However, Daniel walked in the Spirit and not according to the flesh (Rom. 8:1 KJV);
he always sought the Face of God, praising Him, and inquiring personally of the Lord
in the precious secret place.

This is the same for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; their bodies would have burned
to ash before they hit the furnace floor (Dan. 3). Understand that it is in the
secret place that God establishes and imparts Himself in you, the truth and ‘secret’
of you bonding with the Truth and Secret of the Lord (John 4:24), and God
continually opening Himself up to you. An identity in Him is given you as you sit
with Him, partaking daily of the fresh Manna and new Wine. Your heart joined in the
Heart of the Father; being raised, instructed, taught, led, and ‘known’ in God
(Matt. 7:21-23). Raised under the protection of the Lord (Ps. 91:9-13): being
equipped and graced with the increasing Presence, Power, and Authority of God –
through a heart of integrity.

Legal Foothold

Scripture:
With flattery he (Satan) will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the
people who know their God will firmly resist him (‘standing firm’, ‘acting
valiantly’, ‘prevailing’, and ‘doing great exploits’). (Daniel 11:32 NIV)

Judas Iscariot: in the case of Judas Iscariot, though he was one of the Twelve and
walked closely with Jesus, even sticking by Him when all but the Twelve walked away.
But, a spirit of Mammon was cherished and retained in his heart – he became a thief
and a liar whilst proclaiming the “Kingdom come”. Basically He was in ‘church’
ministry. This cherished sin, this ‘pet’ demon that he tolerated and accepted in his
heart subtly drew even more demonic influence and deception upon his life (Luke
11:25-26) and Satan, at a critical time, ‘had something in him’ (John 14:30).
Through “flattery” that corrupted Judas’ heart it brought him total destruction.
Judas became totally deceived, totally conned, and totally destroyed through the
matured root of a secret cherished sin.

Zeal and passion is not the way of God, but Love is! Our walk in God is based on
Patience, Perseverance and never fails to seek Him and sing Him praise; it always
Trusts and it always Hopes. And by its nature it is not boastful nor envious, it
does not dishonour others nor keeps any record of wrongs.

Paul and Peter: a religious zeal and a legalistic fervour consumed Paul and the
leaders of his day, but through mercy Jesus ‘destroyed’ Paul’s flesh so that his
soul might be saved (Acts 9). Peter (Simon the Zealot) may have struggled with a
spirit of Pride and even Ambition that was mixed with his great zeal, and Satan came
along and at a critical time ‘sought to sift him’. The Biblical account went like
this: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat” (Luke 22:31).
Asked who? Who did he ask? The Accuser asked the Father. For at this most critical
time, Satan ‘sifted them all’ but found something in Peter – a legal foothold or a
legal right. Peter’s ‘flesh’ was set to fall in order for his soul to be preserved.

But as it goes, it was Jesus Himself of whom interceded on Peter’s behalf (Luke
22:32) and a Covenant of Sure Mercy was placed over him because of Peter’s honest
integrity. It is the same Covenantal Mercy that God placed over David before his
fall with Bathsheba. Jesus later personally consoled him and fully restored his
identity in Him and in this very experience that was meant for his ruin God turned
it around for his greatest good. This is the wonderful nature of our Heavenly Father
and the power of a truly repentant heart; a heart of integrity, even a heart of
‘excellence’. God used the cunning of Satan, this setup through a ‘legal right’, to
even work against Satan. Through God’s Grace, He turned what the Devil had intended
for Peter’s destruction into a blessing for him, and not only for him but for us all
– we too who are the Sheep (John 21:17).

All of us, regardless who we are, would be shocked to realise just how religious and
legalistic we are. And how detrimental it is in the things of the Spirit and of the
Power of God.

Jesus: Satan came to harass Jesus whilst He was ‘seeking the Presence’ of God in the
desert. And as is his nature, Satan tried to come at Jesus in sensitive and
potentially vulnerable areas of His life. As Jesus was hungry Satan taunted Him to
change the rocks into bread. Not only so but he also attacked Jesus’ identity,
saying “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread” (Matt.
4:1-11). But Jesus retained no question, He had no doubt; Jesus knew His Father, He
knew His identity in Him, and He knew and stayed true to the Word of God – He
“firmly resisted him” (Dan. 11:32). For the sought after Witness of the Spirit of
God was in Him, and remained; for He always went aside into the secret place and
sought the Face of God. Jesus gave no footing, no opening, and no question to Satan,
but shut Satan’s mouth with His own alignment to the Word of God.

DO NOT dress Jesus up in a cute little pink ‘tu-tu’ …
Jesus IS the Lion of Judah!
Jesus is Lamb and Lion,
Jesus is Priest and King,
Jesus today is both Christ and Judge.

The Accuser stands before the Lord accusing the believer, but God sees the Blood
covering over you. However, a time comes when the Lord Himself may deliver a
believer over to the Accuser, to Satan, who has been given rights because of
continually ‘cherished’ sin, ‘pet’ demons, prideful heart, or a loose lifestyle. In
this he, the believer, can be handed over “for the destruction of the flesh so that
his soul may be saved on the day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). This is not the way you
should live your Christian life, but I recommend that you learn to become more
proactive before the Lord and diligently ‘judge yourself’; coming to rightly
‘discern the Blood and the Body’ (1 Cor. 11:28-32).

Ananias and Sapphira: it is time to seek the Presence of the Lord and allow Jesus to
raise you to live the right way, before God in His Mercy has to do it for you. He
does this for He cares more for your eternal soul than He does your flesh that is as
grass. He cares more for the sheep than He does the Wolf that ravishes. Fear the
Lord: Ananias and Sapphira both held deceit in their heart that at a crucial time
ended up resulting in the Spirit of God slaying them. Though they were baptised and
filled with the Spirit of God under the ministry of the Apostles, God Himself (Jesus
the King) cut them off (Luke 12:5). Don’t go to God and expect to be successful by
outwardly following Him through appearance and praises of man, but allow your heart
to be deeply changed and renewed by the Spirit of God. Avoid allowing an inflated
‘grace’ doctrine to give you license to a loose lifestyle or a corrupted heart, for
otherwise even on the Last Day the Lord may say to you “I never knew you, away from
me you evildoer” (Matt. 7:21-23). Some of our work may be burned up as hay, some of
it may be as gold, but you don’t want your soul thrown into the eternal lake of fire
though you profess the Name of Jesus but live according to the flesh (1 Cor.
3:10-15). This is to all, the least or the greatest, even ministerial leaders of
thousands (1 Cor. 9:27).

The Spirit filled believer who abides in his Lofty position swoops down as an eagle
and destroys the Snake. Such a believer has power in the spiritual realms (heavens)
as well as over natural law and the physical outworkings of the demon.

A Prophetic word for today:
Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be
angry, and you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed
are all those who put their trust in Him. (Ps. 2:11-12 NKJV)

Draw close to the Shepherd and remain alert for His Voice, for the Wolf is amongst
the sheep. Come and learn to pursue the Lord with the same ‘jealous’ possessive love
that the Lord has pursued you; this is a great treasure. God’s very Name is Jealous
(Ex 34:14) and He jealously loves and longs for you to be so very close in Him, so
with the same intensity long for Him to be with you. And He who was the Lamb is now
the Lion of Judah and He pursues the Enemy in protection over you to the furthest
and utter most reaches, and with a ‘Rod’ He utterly destroys them (Ps. 2:6-12). The
setups of the Enemy are thwarted, the attacks and efforts of the Enemy come back
upon him seven-fold, till he realises that it is dangerous and counter-productive
for him; and you begin to take greater ground in the Lord, even in leaps and bounds.
Things that troubled you in the past become insignificant before your eyes and the
words that you speak truly are a Sword that pursues him, even the ‘zeal’ of the
Spirit of God that utterly destroys him.

Theme Scripture:

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.
(Psalm 67 NKJV)

Regardless of what you are in need of, if you can go to Jesus and cause “His Face to
shine upon you” then there is no-thing that is withheld. If you can learn to go to
Jesus with this type of attitude there are no restriction, no limitations, and
nothing retained. Everything, ‘anything’ and ‘whatsoever’ you ask shall be given you
(Mark 11:24, John 14:13, Matt. 21:22) – even to one who simply remains as a little
child.

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord I am so deeply grateful for you.
Praise your Holy Name, bless you Jesus. Lord, I deeply love you please help me
manifest my love for you that it no longer gets shoved aside by the regular fears,
desires, and ‘realities’ of this life. Lord, I pray that you may come visit me this
day, I remain in a heart of perpetual praise, invitation, and in waiting upon the
Lord. Lord, please allow your ‘Face to shine upon me’. Please minister into my being
and continue to transform me into the newness of you. I pray this in Jesus Name.
Amen’.
Day #50: Kingly Christ
“Elijah”

What is this subject about? Identity.

In Christ Jesus, in the Love of God, the seeking of the Presence of the Lord is the
single most greatest honour, privilege, and place of strength. With singular purpose
of soul: coming to seek the Lord, seeking to be in His Presence and seeking to truly
be with Him and He with you; it is this continuing Presence of Jesus – the Rock –
that undergirds your life, that makes way for the deepest and strongest of roots.
Establishing great fortitude, stability, and integrity of which blossoms the
Anointing of the Spirit, even the Knowledge and Might of God. Simply your love
pressing deeply into the Branch and being continually rewarded, fed, and raised by
the Lord; giving you also greater ability to draw from the vast realms of Heaven.
(Understand this: the Presence of God never left Jesus, He always sensed and knew
His Father was with Him; so then, can you and I (Matt. 27:46)).

It is the Presence of God that shifts the heart and soul of a man unto the Heart and
Soul of the Person of God; bringing alignment in the Son. Even alignment into the
fullness of the Son; bringing Identity within yourself and the fullness of your
Identity in Him. A true awakening to your Identity and your Destiny. It is in this
place of which God establishes unceasing Peace, unceasing Praise, unceasing Joy, and
unceasing Hope allowing you to readily and confidently call upon the Hand of God and
the Reserves of Heaven. Giving you capacity to draw endlessly from the River that
flows directly from the very Throne of God; the ‘sap’ of the Branch. It is in this
deeply rooted place that you find yourself of the same Spirit and same ability to do
incomprehensible works and exploits in the Lord even as Elijah. With the same
carefree, jovial confidence, and boldness of the Lord.

To be a warrior in the Lord one needs to be deeply rooted in the Person of Jesus. To
be a ‘general’: in apostolic, prophetic, or in pastoral ministry you needs best to
be united, one, and bonded richly in the Person of Christ Jesus as your root and
singular cause.

As the underlying purpose of soul: in all things and through all things and with
full purpose of soul: seek the Lord, seek to be in His Presence, and seek to truly
be with Him. In all things and through all things, even in the great adversity that
comes: sit, “be still”, and “know the Lord” – for Jesus is in the waiting. Jesus is
not in the running off, He is in the present here and now. He is here, He is now, He
is present. When Elijah received a message from Jezebel he would have done much much
better to just stop, sit still, and in quietness KNOW the Lord, just as he always
did. Turning his praise unto the Lord, delighting in Him, and with a heart of
inquiry seeking the King of Heaven and earth.

Scripture:
Be still, and know I am God. (Ps. 64:10)

The most powerful thing on this earth is your ability to draw from Heaven into your
world; drawing even the King of kings to be among us. To speak a word from within
the Presence of the Lord to heal, restore, move mountains, and break down the roots
of injustice and strongholds. You can do this simply because of the Place the Blood
has brought you, and the Authority the Covenant leads you in. And an increasing
Authority is given you as the Spirit raises you in victory; be victorious and to be
an overcomer in all things (Rev. 2:26-27). For you are called to kingship, to rule
and reign with Jesus, that is even the very administering of the Glory of Heaven
here on earth. The key, however, is remaining and abiding in Him and not “running
off”. And the Presence of Jesus upon your life, of which (by culture of soul) you
seek, establishes you on very solid ground and lifts you in increasing Glory and the
increasing Honour OF God (John 5:44).

The undergirding purpose of soul is not in the “hands on” hard labour of ministry or
life … it is in the “hands off” and seeking the Lord. It is in He who comes and by
the Spirit of God empowers, guides, blesses, and goes before you and breaks down
strongholds. If you are a minister of thousands or a housewife; everlasting success
and power is in the Secret Place. Giving place and honour for the Hosts of Heaven to
go out before you – even in all your works and hard labour.

You, in Christ Jesus, are born of a Royal Priesthood. You are born of Royal blood
and seated in the highest realms with Authority in Christ Jesus over sin, death, and
the grave; with angels of Heaven assigned unto you. Jesus has lifted you up from
mortal fleeting flesh unto the eternal Spirit of the Living God, unto the Eternal
realms of the Kingdom. From these realms you are a most different creature, even a
very new Creation. Jesus alive in you walking again on earth as He did those years
ago. You, a new being born from Eternal origins and no longer one born only of the
dust. Seated under commanding Authority and Royalty over the spiritual realms (Matt.
8:5-13, John 1:51).

The shift that occurs in the Presence of God is incomprehensible and increasingly
so. Therefore, continually making way for God in the ‘going aside’, in the waiting
and in the secret place, as you with purpose seek the Lord; brings He who is
Resurrected to minister continually in your life. A oneness in the Lord is
increasingly developed and maintained. And as a catalyst the Lord opens and makes
‘flesh’ the Gospel of Power, even the Resurrected Christ Jesus as King rising up.
The Spirit unlocks the manifest Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ into your very
being, into the pumping of your very heart and the air in your very lungs. You see
so differently, you hear differently, you walk differently and this is given you of
the Holy Ghost as He transfers, He inserts, and He imparts the Person of Jesus in
you (John 16:14-15 AMPC). Not only having Jesus within you in faith, but the
Resurrected Christ Jesus, King and Lord, is being ‘constructed’ in you by the Hands
of the Holy Ghost.

What then begins to occur is that the words of your mouth start becoming
increasingly powerful, as the Anointing of God comes upon you in greater measure.
The Presence of the Lord resting upon your life raises you in a greater Anointing, a
greater awareness of who you are in the Lord and who He is in you – this is your
Identity. You can read about these things plain enough in the Word but it is only
the Spirit of God that make them flesh and blood (Ez. 36:26) in you; that is, alive
and fully functioning, real and tangible as Heaven becomes deeply part of you.

A story of Elijah (1 Kings 18):

Elijah stood against unbelievably great odds, he stood up as the ‘last’ prophet of
God against a hostile king and several hundred demon worshipping Israelites, plus
those who attended. But he did it so effortlessly, so at ease, so carefree, and so
jovially; how could he of done that? Easy, he was walking-in-step-with-the-Spirit
and the Anointing and Mantle of the Lord was set upon him (Acts 4:31). This is
Jesus’ dream for each and every believer as He hung on the Cross … that each one
of us may live and walk Anointed lives as He – regardless of age! So as Jesus, we
too go aside and fervently seek the Presence of the Lord.

In the Old Way prophets were assigned by God, but in the New Way a believer can also
become a prophet by earnest seeking the Lord. If you can learn: 1. to be rooted in
the Love of God and 2. “earnestly seek the Gifts, especially the Gift of Prophecy”
(1 Cor. chpt 12-14) then God will raise you, the Spirit will lead you, and Jesus
will teach you. If you retain this single purpose of heart the Spirit will
personally take you, day by day, into the Holy of Holies and train, impart, and
equip you of Heaven.

Jesus the King is here! He is King and Judge of the universe. He is both Saviour and
Christ, but He is also King and Judge of the nations; and His Enemies will be “made
a footstool” (Acts 2:35-36).

The evil that Elijah confronted: a person who is rooted in Praise, a person rooted
in the Love of God, as king David (the ancestral line of Jesus): you are able to
call upon the Justice of the Lord. When facing or cornered by gross injustice or
evil you can pray differently: you can call upon the Staff or even the Rod of the
Shepherd (1 Sam 17:34-35, Ps 23, Ps. 2:7-9, Rev. 2:24-29). And the Lord will bring a
judgement and in His Mercy will action, so that neither the Wolf nor the Bear ravish
the sheep. That they neither divide or scatter, nor will they devour the precious
flock of the Lord. It takes a man or a woman of God to stand up and call upon the
Hand of God against adversity regardless of what form it takes. Even against
corruption, evil, and injustice; even against sicknesses, disease, demonic holds, or
death.

The Mantle: Elijah, before vast scorning opposition, presented an undeniable and
mighty display of Heaven. In the Anointing and Presence of the Lord he was able to
call down the fire of God that totally consumed even the rocks of the alter. And
afterwards, by the word of his mouth given by the Lord, brought rain that broke the
long drought. It is this historic account that is a picture for you now, my
encouragement to you is come to truly know your God and be known by Him for there is
incredible and wondrous power in it – bringing Heaven, bringing the Kingdom of God
into your world. The deepest of relationship and communion (John 1:18) in the Lord
is key (even through a culture of prayer and fasting that breaks every stronghold or
demonic opposition). It is not a dry and barren pursuit but full of the sense and
awareness of the Presence and Love of God; of which you never leave (you never walk
away from).

One day you might become sick of injustice and evil but instead of being idle or
overwhelmed, rally your soul unto the Lord. Your union in the Lord brings the Guard
of the Hosts of Heaven.

The expected and common counter-attack of the demon: in the face of all it took just
a single woman to destabilise this famously great man of God. We need to understand
spiritual warfare a bit more: after you experience something truly amazing in the
Lord, get up from the Table with your sword drawn; expect attacks, they are common
and normal – but sometimes they come very intensely. The key is that in and through
all things: always delight to seek the Presence of the Lord (Mark 4:35-41) for this
is your Root connection.

Elijah experienced a spiritual attack right right after his greatest victory. Was it
only a mere woman that caused Elijah to collapse in a defeated and demoralised heap
or was it spiritual? Was it the fact that she commanded a king or an army … or was
it that she commanded a principality and a legion of demons? Elijah didn’t get
intimidated by a word of a queen, but the word that released a demonic onslaught. He
came under great spiritual attack of Intimidation and Confusion; even a multitude of
demonic Oppression that was released by a powerful witch (these people do exist
today; even in the service of business people, lawyers, politicians, and people in
power (just as in the Old Testament)).

But God wasn’t OK with that, He asked Elijah, “what are you doing here?” If Elijah
had simply taken his time and sat down and enquired of the Lord, instead of freaking
out and ‘leaving’ the Presence of God, then the Lord would have fought against the
demonic hordes. If Elijah had chosen instead to delight himself in praise and seek
the Face of God, seek the Presence of God – as he always did – then God of Heaven
and earth would have aggressively destroyed the demonic powers. That, in the end,
was God’s assignment given to him and God planned to fully back him and fulfil it.

But as it were Elijah met with God after fleeing in great distress and he was
encouraged, ministered to, and greatly strengthened (1 Kings 19). But he was
emotionally distressed, broken, fearful, and a heap of ruins … does this sound
familiar? This whole historic account is now an encouragement for the countless
generations, and it is now a blessing to you and I. Even if you do find yourself
often in the ‘cleft of the rock’, the Lord will minister into your life and deeply
strengthen you, reviving your courage (see Chapter 12).

One missionary, I know, spoke of an account of where one of his pastors was thrown
into a pit on top of another pastor’s body of whom was just martyred. He was told
that if he didn’t raise the pastor up from the dead he was next. As the murdering
demons consumed moonshine and played with their guns the pastor prayed. He prayed
for hours and nothing happened. So as the time came for him to be killed he turned
his heart unto the Lord and simply praised him and loved him. And he said in his
heart that it would be such an honour for him to die, but may every drop of his
blood that is spilt be turned into souls saved. And then he stood up and yelled out
to the murderous thugs and said “shoot me!”, but they all took off running. Do you
know why? Because the dead pastor behind him stood up!

It is only through a tap-root of love that you personally drive into the Branch that
brings deep fortitude and ability to stand against the onslaught of opposition that
comes … with relative ease. The trueness of your connection, your longing of
heart, and communion in God being tight; even ‘jealously’, ‘possessive’, pure, and
true. This is how God seeks you (Ex. 24:34) and has paid a hefty price (Gal. 3:14);
even with the fullness of His own Son. So deeply connect with Him, in order to be
powerful in Him, learn to seek Him with the same ‘jealous’ intensity and purpose as
He does you: love to Love, spirit to Spirit, truth to Truth.

The lines of communication, the conduit, needs be secure and firm for it is the
Enemy that continuously seeks to dislodge the tightness of your ‘connection’ or
otherwise bring blockages – for he, by no means, can stand against the One who would
otherwise come through you. Allow yourself then to be truly set apart unto the Lord.
Just as a little toddler cares for nothing but to run to the arms of “my Papa”; to
the security, the tenderness, and the affection of “my Father”. It is the way of the
Gospel of Power for us to come to our Heavenly Father with the same ‘intensity’ of
purpose as He does us. For unless you become as a little child you will never really
see Him, know Him, or enjoy His Kingdom truly at work to the measure God has
established in the shedding of the Blood of His own Beloved Son (Matt. 18:2-4).

Learn to ‘hide’ yourself in the Lord.

Instead of running and fleeing, Elijah could have stopped and taken a minute. He
could have found a tree and sat down and turned his heart upon the Lord; just like
at any other moment of his life. He didn’t even see or speak directly with Jezebel,
he neither saw her face or heard her voice. It was only a word relayed via a
messenger! Jezebel wasn’t on a chariot commanding a thousand armed soldiers that
terrified and caused Elijah to flee … it was a word written on a scrap of paper or
relayed through the mouth of just a messenger. He had plenty of time to say “thank
you” and then choose to go aside and close the door and in delight seek and love on
the Lord. Turning his heart unto the Lord and loving Him, praising Him, and seeking
His Face just like any other day.

The Lord would have come and sat with him, as per normal, and Elijah would have been
refreshed, ministered to and encouraged. And God would have been with him and placed
a covering over him, a coat, a ‘mantle’; even His Might, His Fear, and His Vengeance
– and “with a Rod of iron dash them to pieces” (Ps. 2:7-9, Rev. 2:24-29). For in the
end we are actually doing His Will and coming along side and into alignment with His
Purposes and Dreams – so surely God is with us. The key then, the sole purpose, is
to be with Him with our whole heart, and not ‘adulterous’ (Matt. 12:39); that is our
heart set on another … even if it is fear. Satan’s purpose and method is to go
‘boo!’ and draw your affections away from the Lord, but the Lord is intent on
drawing you ever close. Nothing can separate you from the Love of God, nothing can
take you away from your tenderness in the Lord … but what you yourself allow
(Matt. 13, 1 John 2:27).

The key is a constant state of readiness, not about becoming ready but – be ready.
This is about enjoying the Lord before you need Him, not just running to look for
His security when you are lost and desperate. Enjoy sitting under ‘under a tree’
rather than hiding in a cave.

The greatest prophet is the Person of Jesus and what He Prophesises into your spirit
and into your own soul. As you ‘sit under a tree’ and love the Lord He gives you
revelation and ownership of the Gospel of Power (and Life) and your Identity in Him.
The next greatest prophet then is you, yourself, of whom ‘speaks’ them over your own
life; laying ahold and deeply treasuring Revealed Word in your spirit and soul. In
this dialogue the angels sit with you in awe of the Word of God, and they gather in
greater numbers. The words you begin to speak they ride on and bring it into
completion, for your words become Spirit and they become Life.

Understand that in “walking in Step with the Spirit” you have come under the
Covering, the Might, the Power, and the Authority of the Kingdom of God. This is a
beautiful and a powerful thing, it is an awe-inspiring and terrible reality. The
Spirit and the angels of God going out before you and coming in behind you. Just as
in way the Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire went out before the Israelites and
came in behind them (Ex. 13:21), this is the picture of how the Anointing of God
works today. When you go to pray for someone the Spirit and assigned angels go
before you; you will ‘see’ the angels going before you. The Spirit and the
Resurrection Power of God going before you, even before you reach your hand out and
before you speak. Our submission is to the Lord it is not to the circumstance, we
are subject to God and not to a person or situation. We are all called to live fully
yielded and subject to the Wonder of the Person of Christ Jesus.

You do not instigate the Spirit does. Jesus did what He “saw His Father doing” and
said what He “heard His Father saying” (John 5:19); it is the Spirit’s Witness
within your own soul that will lead you to speak and to do according to Him and not
according to what is in front of you – “the power of the Spirit being present to
perform miracles and to heal” (Luke 5:17). Just as Jesus lived with “Heaven open”,
those of whom walk in step with the Spirit of God “will see angels ascending and
descending” on them – the sons (and daughters) of God (John 1:51, Gen. 28:12). This
is the elevation (lifted up) and the Honour of God that is given to those who truly
seek Him. Seek, therefore, the Glory and Honour that comes from “the only God” (John
5) and no longer the honour and Glory that comes from man.

Scripture:
“Vengeance is mine”, says the Lord, “I will repay”. (Deut. 32:35)

When you face problems or someone in need, when you face a demon or the demon
possessed, or when you face sickness or death; through the Anointing of the Lord it
is the angels that go out and fight the battle before you even lay your hands. What
we want is the Resurrected King with us in His Glory: it is then He, the King of
kings who fights, it is the Lord who battles, it is the Terror of the Lord that
pursues the demon Enemy and in Horror destroys it regardless of how it has manifest.

 

We are charged by God, the mandate has been given (even a Mantle), and by the fact
of where we are seated we ‘command’. Command who, who do we command? We command a
company of angels and it is they who drag the demon out of a person and the sickness
that it has caused. But when Jesus our King comes amongst us who can stand? It is
the Lord who sends out the Hornets to pursue the demon in the deepest hole that they
hide in and it is the Vengeance of my God who pursues them to the furthest reaches.

The Roman centurion: “for I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me.
And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and
to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it”. Who is it that the centurion is
commanding? An enemy? No, he is commanding those who are under his authority. When
you ‘command’, that is “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have
leprosy, drive out demons” (Matt. 10:8), who is it that you command? As a general,
or a commander in the Kingdom of God, you don’t necessarily deal with the Enemy
directly, but those under your command do the fighting. But when you do speak to the
Enemy he sees the Authority that you are under and the company of angels that are
standing beside you and that are surrounding it and they flee. And the Mantle that
is clearly on your life represents the full backing of Heaven.

The Lord Jesus of whom we approach through endearing love and praise, and of whom we
seek and long for; when He shows up and walks amongst us who can survive the
‘terror’ of His Voice or the blazing fire of His eyes (Rev. 1)? When Apostle John
saw Him, he “fell at His feet as though dead”. By the Glory of His Presence, even
the very molecules of your flesh feel like they are being ripped apart … who can
survive when the Lord shows up? Nothing! Truly all bows under the Glory of His
Majesty. In the same way the demon and all its foul purposes, efforts, and disease
is totally destroyed and Life fully comes in its place.

We all want Jesus free to walk amongst us, but the doubt, indifference, or doctrine
of believers deny Him and even as a wall of unbelief: but in contrast faith and the
revealed Word attracts Him. When Jesus shows up He doesn’t need you, He doesn’t even
need your words or your touch. But when you do pray and when you do lay your hands
on the one in need – the touch makes the connection between the one in need and the
Kingdom of God. The believer is the Gateway for the Kingdom of God: for within you
beats the Heart of God, within you dwells the Resurrected Christ, and within this
earthen vessel contains and houses the Spirit of the Living God.

As a son of the God, it is the Lord who fights for you on your behalf; for there is
much that we do not understand. As you learn to hide yourself (even in the cleft of
the rock) in Him it is the Lord who goes out before you and comes in behind you. It
is the Lord who battles for you, if you can truly grasp this it is most powerful
(see previous chapter). If you can allow the Spirit of God to open your heart, your
eyes and your ears to this reality and stop taking everything into your own hands or
understanding, but give space for God’s Hands and give space for His Understanding,
to be involved in your life; you will enter into most powerful realms. Understanding
alone (Prov. 3:5) does not achieve this, but the Spirit of who you abide in, the
Presence of the Lord of whom you dwell; it is He of whom changes and transforms your
thinking and your walk … simply because you give Him place.

To walk successfully in spiritual warfare one needs a deep and everlasting root of
love in the Love of God. Your tap-root will keep you firm and strong even in a flood
that comes against you. But not only so, the Lord’s Hand comes against the flood and
the Spirit raises a Standard against it (Is. 59:19). To be successful in life and in
our Christian walk is to be able to draw from the Love of God in all things and
through all things.

In order to be truly successful in the Kingdom of God and spiritual warfare, the
first thing is to love the Lord God with all you are, to even jealously as a little
child run to your own Father’s arms. Run to Him as though you don’t want to share
Him at all but fully possess Him and hold Him close. But He is a big big God … there
is enough for all of us in Him. But it is in this great sense and awareness of God’s
Love for you, His Love that is so intent upon you, so so real and personal, His eyes
so fixed on you as though there is no-one else in the room. That is the truth of
Him, that is His nature towards you (just as John the Apostle was His ‘favourite’).
It is His Love that comes upon you and His Glory shining through your life. And just
as Christ Jesus, in intimate knowledge of Him; you too will lay your hand upon the
sick, you will set the captives free, and you will raise the dead and cast out all
bondages … in Jesus Name. For the countless thousands and millions you will bring
Life in Jesus Name. You will bring Resurrected Life to countless thousands and
millions because you are ‘jealously’ and intently fixed upon the Love of God, just
as was His own Son who went before us … and of whom Led the way. Look at this next
Scripture that reveals the Root of Jesus.

Scripture:
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in
closest relationship [in the intimate presence] with the Father, has made him known.
(John 1:18 NIV/AMPC)

I recommend: don’t have pride of any measure. For it tells God that you don’t need
Him anymore, nor that of which He has in store for you.

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord I pray that I might know your Love.
Lord, may I really know it for me personally. Lord I am sorry that over the years I
have run off from your Presence as though a Jezebel spirit has pursued me, I don’t
wish to do that anymore. I choose now to find a tree to sit under, or a quiet place
to go aside. What I desire Lord, is to know you in friendship, in relationship, and
in closeness; and even as King and Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
Day #51: Jacob’s Ladder
“Transition”

God desires to transition you from a power-less Gospel to a power-full and
power-filled Gospel. This is God’s Dream for His own Name sake, let it then become
your dream.

Scripture:
And many came to Him, and they kept saying, (though) John did not perform a [single]
sign or miracle, but everything John said about this Man was true. And many [people]
there became believers in Him. [They adhered to and trusted in and relied on Him.]
(John 10:41-42 AMPC)

God is working and wanting to transition each one of us from being as a ‘John the
Baptist’ to become in likeness as a ‘John the Apostle’; that is to become one who
not only speaks the Word of God but is also able to demonstrate the Power and Fire
of the Holy Ghost. Though John the Baptist faithfully spoke the Word, leading many
many people to turn their ways unto the Kingdom, and even though he was a great
prophet of God; there were no manifest miracles. And though there is nothing wrong
with this at all, there is, however, a greater capacity to walk in the Power of the
Spirit that is intended for each and every child of God (Matt. 11:11). Many came to
believe in the Lord Jesus and converted their hearts, their thinking, and their
lives unto the purposes of righteous living, however, this is but the beginning and
is not the full Gospel message. Let us not stop here but continue to personally
press into God. Let us appreciate John and deeply honour the message of Preparation
and sow it deep into our soul, but let us also step over unto the Living Person of
Jesus. It is the Living and active Person of Christ Jesus within you that today,
through the Holy Spirit, will lead you unto the Holy Spirit’s Fire, even the Holy
Spirit’s Power.

Our Lord Jesus Christ desires to transition each and every one of us unto the Holy
Spirit and Power, unto the Holy Spirit and Fire. What are we talking about here? …
the manifest Power of God, the manifest Spirit of God, and the manifest Kingdom of
God … just as Jesus Himself knew and walked in. The message of John prepares you
for Jesus, but the message of Jesus prepares you for the Holy Spirit and Fire. It is
to this very thing that Jesus ‘drove’ very powerful principles into His disciple’s
lives in order to try to convert their thinking, even ‘pushing’ His disciples to get
to understand something bigger – though at times He was frustrated with their
‘unbelief’ (Matt. 17:14-21). * It is my opinion that unbelief is rooted in a lack of
revelation of Identity in the Father, a lack of ‘hearing’ and ‘learning’ from the
Father that is available to all, including the disciples (John 6:45). Still,
therefore, being influenced by Satan; ‘hearing’ and ‘learning’ from his suggestions
instead, even by what you see.

Just preaching a repentant message doesn’t lead anyone very far, there is no vision
except that one day you might go to Heaven. This is a greatly diminished ‘gospel’
message, for we are purposed to bring Heaven here – the Kingdom of God here. If just
preaching a repentant message is all that is needed then Jesus should have gone to
the Cross when He was only but a few years old. Why did He have to bother going
about preaching for three and a half years? John was doing an amazing job, many were
coming to the Kingdom of God, many were coming out to hear him (every Sunday) and he
had disciples and everything! No, he was always pointing to the One that will come
and baptise you in the Holy Spirit’s Fire (Matt. 3:11); this then needs to become
our root vision and focus.

The reason why Jesus went everywhere and preached because He was trying to show you
in the flesh, guide you by example, teach you and instruct you in the higher
possibilities of the Kingdom. Even to gain the higher Identity that is intended for
all in the Lord. The Father wants transformation, He is far from being satisfied
with you just following Him only through law and works as a servant; for this in
itself is even distancing by nature. No, He wants to transition you from a servant
to a son, from one ‘separate’ from Him to one deeply united in Him; just as Christ
Jesus and the Father ‘were’ one. Not simply as a man down here on earth with God up
there somewhere in Heaven, but as a little child one with your personal Papa and
your two worlds joining. As Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a
servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for
everything that I learned from my Father I have made (I make) known to you” (John
15:15).

Jesus’ purpose is to transition you from not only talking effectively about Jesus
and the Kingdom, but to where Jesus Himself turns up in manifest form and in
manifest action. Where the Spirit of God moves powerfully upon the congregations.

Scripture:
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back;
lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right
and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their
desolate cities. (Is. 54:2-3 NIV)

John the Baptist teaches you to turn your heart unto the Lord and prepare the way.
This is a very important and crucial part of the Gospel message, however, it has a
purpose: it is the constructed highway (Is. 40:3) that is purposed for the ‘caravan’
of the Glory of the Kingdom of God to continually flow into your life: the Trinity,
the Hosts of Heaven, and the angelic realm. And they never cease flowing in you but
measure upon measure, glory upon glory, and richness upon richness. And as you
expand the way for Him, in hunger, the Lord expands the way for His own increased
arrival; the Lord God of Heaven and earth Himself comes upon your life beyond
measure or comprehension. And as He enlarges in you, ground is taken for the
Kingdom; in your own life, in your family, your surrounds, your city, your region,
and your nation (Is. 54:2-3). Whole areas are made open for you, and once closed off
regions become open. The purposes of the Kingdom God is to ‘displace’ the Enemy (the
Liar, Thief, and Murderer) and establish the Authority of the ruling King in our
midst (Life and life in more Abundance) for you and your ‘descendants’ … even
those that come after you.

Your invitational hunger of heart brings Him and continues to bring Him. Jesus came
and lived the full Gospel message in order to teach you the 1-2-3 step of ‘how’ you
can behold and carry the very Glory of God yourself. And now in Resurrected form He
comes, in person, to transition you from the non-fruitful to the fruitful, from a
servant to a son, from powerless to power filled, from knowing about God to knowing
the Father; even to know the Father as does a little boy or little girl; the warm
and personal touch of Abba Father. Our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, desires to
transition each and every one of us unto the Holy Spirit and Power, even the Holy
Spirit and Fire! What are we talking about here, what is this about? … the
manifest real and demonstrable Kingdom of God: that is “Heaven come”, that is Heaven
come here on earth. This in itself IS the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13)! Your seeking
and hungering for the Presence of God and the manifest realities of Heaven is most
powerful and effective! Powerful shifts begin to occur in your own soul and also in
the Heavenly realms in reference to you.

The vast possibilities of Heaven …

There is nothing wrong with the fact that, at this stage, you don’t readily see the
miracle working God flowing liberally through your life as the New Testament
demonstrates. There is no condemnation, but I deeply want to encourage you that
there is a greater capacity to walk in the Spirit that has been afforded each one of
us by the Cross. The keys then are in these things: 1. awareness, 2. belief, and 3.
hunger. Without them you will stalemate and, in relative terms, you will remain
stagnant. Without hunger and belief your awareness and vision will remain greatly
blurred, and even though zealous for the Lord you will grow religious, legalistic,
and confined; and all this in the Name of Jesus. However, it is in the eager seeking
of the Person of God through ‘belief’ and ‘hunger’ that He Himself feeds you
spiritual Manna from Heaven, gifting you with greater awareness. It is desiring the
Kingdom manifest that the very Words that proceed from the mouth of your Father make
way for Heaven to open exponentially above you.

Do you realise that the Father seeks out over the whole earth for believers who
worship Him in both truth and in spirit? In this case (there are many facets) the
‘truth’ being the written Word of God and the ‘spirit’ being the Word that proceeds
from His mouth. Jesus refers to it as the Rock of which the Church is built upon. To
these He comes richly upon, to these He Himself personally seeks out, and to these
He opens Heaven and begins to openly speak into your soul establishing rich
Identity, Knowledge, Faith, and Might. It is these very things of which dismantle
all forms of unbelief, doubt, and fear (Matt. 17:19-21), allowing you to walk your
life ‘full’ of the Holy Spirit.

The problem is that if you remain only under the likes of the teachings of the ‘John
the Baptist’ and not under the Living Revealed Word of God: the Rock of Revelation,
the very Word that continually proceeds from the mouth of God. Then you remain a
believer without: Vision, Tools, Reserves, Power or Hope. You can remain
frustratingly rooted and bound in doubt, unbelief, and fear; and this right in the
midst of your faith. This is ends up being flesh-based rather than Spirit-based. And
just as Jesus ‘rebuked’ His disciples for their unbelieving hearts; a lack of
walking in step with Him remains that causes the Power of God to be elusive, and the
miracles and Revelation of God to be rare in our land. And just as John the Baptist,
Christians today eventually fail to recognise the Christ as King and say in their
hearts, “should we be looking for someone else” (Matt. 11:2-3)? Going from one
preacher to another, one teaching to another, and not really ever coming into the
realms of Power and splendour that the spilt Blood has purposed, this that is found
in the Person of Jesus.

To be continued …

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord please continue to do a work in me.
Lord, I deeply welcome you and hunger for your purposes to be fulfilled in me.
Please lead me and guide me under alignment in you that I might be increasingly led
and guided by you. I welcome you manifest upon my life. Help me seek your Face and
wait upon the Lord, for I truly delight in the Lord my God. In Jesus precious Name.
Amen’

Day #52: Jacob’s Ladder
“Jacob’s Ladder”

… continue in a praise-filled life and subsequently power-filled Gospel.

Daniel: an important basis to be able to live triumphant and even victorious in the
Lord, one needs to learn to be able to love Jesus just the same regardless of what
‘appears’ to be happening in life. In order to be able to truly have faith to move
mountains and be able to openly operate in the Power and Fire of God, you need to
become able to praise, delight, and even rest in the Lord right in the midst of
storms that come. For by default you simply choose to remain in the same
‘wavelength’ as the Lord and not allow storms to cut off your ‘signal’. In the case
of Daniel, in the midst of his ‘storm’, he flung open the windows of his house and
praised God and sought His Presence just as any other time of his life. This he did
even in open defiance of the schemes of the enemies of God that came against him.

The Power of God is found in the Secret Place: the Power of God is found in your
ability to have daily encounters with the Living Jesus here, now, and today; being
‘aligned’ to the ‘wavelength’ of Heaven. This was the lifestyle of Jesus, so it is
the right path for each one of us. Realise this: the least in the Kingdom is greater
than all the Greats of Old (Matt. 11:11). Just think of the great encounters that
some of them had or lived in; like Moses who was known as one who spoke with God
face to face as a friend. What is important to realise here today is that the same
opportunity is available to you, if you believe, all you have to do is begin to ask
and seek the Lord.

God could have provided a literal lamb as a sacrifice for your sins, but instead He
provided His own Son as the Lamb. The modern day Christian is robbed because they
think so so small, for that of which the Cross has availed you is unbelievably
unfathomable. Can you not see the High Office that His Blood has purposed you; not
just to save you into a position only as a servant, but as a son. A son with
rightful inheritance, heritage, lineage, and unrestricted access into the Heavenly
realms.

To be able to walk in the Spirit, as called, we all need regular encounters with
Heaven – just as Jesus.

So in your purposed seeking of the Presence of God, seek that He might come and sit
with you regularly and literally face to face like Moses. Moses’ face even at times
shone like a lightbulb – have that as a dream before the Lord, and go seek it. For
in Moses’ time all those around him then feared the Lord because of the Glory on
this man’s life. Think of others who had angelic visitations, or those who clearly
heard from God. And this is just in the Old Testament, how much more than is there
in the New? You don’t have this because you don’t ask (Jam. 4:2-3)! Ask for
visitations of your Saviour King, ask for angels to visit and minister into your
life, ask for encounters in the Holy Ghost, even to be brought up into Heaven. For
having angels minster into your life is greater than food (Matt.4:11). Let this
become your root purpose and drive.

This is your right as a son, for the Lord has placed a ‘ring’ of rightful Identity
on your finger; come then and get your thinking out of the ‘pig pen’ (Luke 15:11-30)
and think bigger. Truly ‘faith is not a matter of size, but how big God is in your
eyes’. So do your maths: your world and those in it would be most blessed if you
truly live according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh … don’t
you think? If you truly no longer lived by your own strength, might, or
understanding, but “by my Spirit” says the Lord; your world and those within your
care would be greatly assisted. Truly you would be operating as a Gateway for Heaven
and the Kingdom of God … just as Jesus, and just as Jesus paved the way for you.
Your dialogue and regular sitting with the Lord will bring something most powerful
into and through your life.

Flesh approaches life and ministry according to recipes and formulas. The Spirit,
however, approaches life according to what you ‘see’, ‘hear’, and ‘know’ directly
from the Lord (John 5:19, John 3:8-12). Be encouraged to rise up in that of which
the Blood has afforded you, put aside useless temporal things, and continue to
earnestly seek the Presence of the Lord. Think of all the great encounters that
people have had in God, in the Spirit, in Jesus, and angelically. These are all
available to those who love God as a son. Some were caught up into the “Third
Heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2), some were carried by the Spirit from one place to another
(Acts 8:39). We are all children of God and God shows no favouritism, He is not a
respecter of people. What He did for one is an expression and a forerunner of what
He can do for you, all you need is to honestly have it in your heart to ask Him and
seek Him.

“With faith it is easy to please God” (Heb. 11:6).

Anyone can have knowledge, anyone can preach, but who has faith? Who truly has
Revelatory Faith and Knowledge of God? Not many. Jesus multiplied food one day and
another He got Peter to get a gold coin out of a fish’s mouth; but who has faith for
this themselves for here and for today? This is not of the flesh but is given of the
Spirit. This Faith and Identity is introduced by the Word but is given you from
Above (John 3:12).

If you were to grasp what you have in Jesus, if you only allowed the Lord, He would
begin to give you a picture of who you truly are in Him. I tell you, in this, you
would be so overwhelmed that you would cry for a week.

We have to allow the Lord to transition us from flesh driven impatient spoilt brats
to ones crowned as kings with Authority as sons of the Living God. In order to
become powerful and to be able to move the Heart and the Hand of God, we have to
change; for we are the kink in the chain, we are the weak point not God. For God has
made everything available to us, everything is ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen’ in Him. If we don’t
see the power of God it’s not my pastor’s fault, it’s not my church’s, and it’s not
God’s fault; it is mine. I say this not in condemnation but in encouragement to both
you and I.

God is not here to place a weight on your shoulders, but He is here to place a
‘ring’ of Identity on your finger. Come to this one point of realisation: He asks
nothing of you but to come realise that you in yourself you CAN-DO-NO-THING! (John
15:5), that it is IMPOSSIBLE! for you, but all things are POSSIBLE! in God (Matt.
19:26). In this you will be truly successful and as you personally come ‘find a
tree’ each and every day and in quietness of soul love and wait upon the Lord,
opening yourself up to Him you enter the Counsel and Might of the Lord (Is. 11:2).
Regardless of your broken origins: God will give you a heart of great integrity and
a faith that is most powerful.

Opening Scriptures:
12 And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it
reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! … 17
He was afraid and said, how to be feared and reverenced is this place! This is none
other than the house of God, and this is the gateway to heaven! (Gen. 28:12,17 AMPC)
24 And Jacob was left alone, and a Man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 And when
[the Man] saw that He did not prevail against [Jacob], He touched the hollow of his
thigh; and Jacob’s thigh was put out of joint as he wrestled with Him. 26 Then He
said, let Me go, for day is breaking. But [Jacob] said, I will not let You go unless
You declare a blessing upon me. (Gen. 32:24-26 AMPC)

God has a Dream, and His Dream is to set up a ladder upon your life, the “top of
which reaches all the way into Heaven”. This capacity has been extended all man,
through the shed Blood of His Son. But what is your dream? God desires that upon
this ‘ladder’ angels ascend and descend upon your life to the blessing of your
world. For those who love the Lord, your heart is most hallowed ground, it is a most
“feared and reverent place”. It is no other than the “House of God”, the very
“Gateway to Heaven!” In your heart fully turned unto the Lord – your First Love –
the God of Heaven and earth is enticed to construct a ladder. For God sent His Son
to die on the Cross so that whomsoever may believe may truly become a Gateway to
Heaven, just as Christ Jesus in His day. This in itself is the Lord’s Prayer
concerning both you and I (Matt. 6:9-13).

The vast Possibilities of Heaven. God constructs a ladder between you and Heaven
whereby angels increasingly transit upon your life. They transfer between you and
the Eternal and vast realms and possibilities of Heaven. It is the Spirit of God and
the angels that He assigns of whom open ‘vials’ of Power, of Revelatory
Understanding, and of Creativity and Innovation of Heaven (Ex. 31:6). So don’t fret
but seek the Lord. ‘You have because you DO ask God’ (Jam. 4:2-3) and you receive
Power because in the depths of your heart, your soul delights in the Lord. And as
you choose to come as a little child into His arms, your “angels always see the Face
of God”, and they are “always before the Presence of the Lord” (Matt. 18:10)
concerning you and those within your care, and for the town of which you live.

Scripture:
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you. (Acts 1:8 AMPC)

It is the Anointing that breaks the yolk (Is. 10:27): the “fatness” of the Presence
of God that rests richly upon your life that breaks every yolk, every heavy load,
and every blockage. This can be difficult for people to grasp, but your Identity in
the Lord is given increasingly to you as you simply love on the Lord, enjoy His
Presence, and expect Him to show up!

When Jesus came those two thousand years ago and spoke about God being His Father,
this was such a far-fetched notion and vision that the majority of the people of His
day just couldn’t receive it at all. So much so that as He began to share further
they picked up stones to try to kill Him for speaking such ‘blasphemy’. Now in your
life the concept that God is your Father is readily within your grasp, see how far
you have come? But don’t just stop here, keep going: for then the Witness of the
Spirit within you will start to speak boldly within you saying, “I and the Father
are one” (John 10:30).

What powerful shifts that begin to occur when He starts to reveal this in your soul.
I tell you what, deep attitude shifts begin to change everything in how you see. In
this, powerful moves begin to occur based on the Anointed words that come from your
own mouth. What is another word for this? ‘Faith’. Faith given you from Heaven
through a rich and an ever deepening sense of Identity in Him given you of the Lord.

 

Scripture:
Then He said to him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you all, you shall see
heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man!
(John 1:51 AMPC)

Jesus has constructed a ladder between you, a believer, and Heaven. For you too, as
He, are a son of the Living God. The first Seed died and was resurrected again so
that there would be many seeds just like Him (John 12:24). It is the Kingdom’s way,
the regular and normal way to have angels ascending and descending upon a child of
God as you go about this life (Matt. 4:11). To this God wants to transition you that
you and your life move in and come under an increased Open Heaven.

The power of Praise and of Encounter.

There is a lot of un-building and re-building that is needed, but be patient, this
is the Spirit’s work; it is called the “renewed mind” (Rom. 12:2). Our work is to
this one thing: “to believe” (John 6:29) and to “prepare the way” for Him, its
Jesus’ to work in and through us. This is called “living according to the Spirit”.
Our Identity in the Lord was stolen us in the Beginning and it is only the Person of
Jesus that can return it. As one who was an orphan you just simply do not know who
you are in the Lord, you have so little reference or sense of your real and true
Identity and capacity in Him. Now that you have returned and have set your face
firmly in Him, unto the Promises of the Lord, it’s God’s work to renew you and
reunite you with your Destiny so that you may be able to walk in the fullness
thereof. This is the purpose of worshipping in both ‘Spirit’ and in ‘Truth; within
your soul the Word is as cement becoming ‘rock’ through the adding of the Spirit
that is as water.

In my world I spent several hours a day, for years, absorbing the Word of God, for
my work allowed it. This is to me worshipping in ‘truth’. But power didn’t start
entering my soul until I added the decisive step of seeking of His Face. The Word
truly strengthens me and gives me great reference and foundation, but it didn’t give
me power to overcome or to be victorious. I had always felt that the Word was only
the Foundation but it is God Himself who ‘builds His Building’, how true this is,
this is what is called ‘living according to the Spirit’. When I came to realise that
there is no limitation to how much I can seek the manifest Presence and the Face of
God, that is when the Spirit of Might and Counsel truly begin to flow like a river.
And to this day it is only exponentially increasing. This to me is worshipping in
‘spirit’.

Scripture:
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I
will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 48:10)

Quieten your heart, quieten yourself down, and come to know the Lord. Again this is
the purpose of the secret place; the very same place that the Lord Himself went
continuously into as He too walked the earth. Come then and be encouraged to follow
Him and walk in His footsteps. Take your time in the Lord; even if you are a leader
of hundreds of thousands, or have healed millions in the Lord, this still is the
central underlying purpose: More of the person of Jesus – just as Paul always
hungered (Phil. 3:10). A heart for more of the manifest Jesus evident in your world.

 

May it be so, that through the Grace and Purpose of our Lord and Saviour, that you
be increased in the Anointing of Heaven. That Prophecy, Healing, and Miracles flow
increasingly evident and magnified in and through your life to the blessing of those
around you. We are not called to demonstrate wisdom and knowledge, but to
demonstrate the very Power of God (1 Cor. 2:4, 1 Cor. 4:20, Rom. 14:17). This is the
Kingdom’s way, so let it become yours. To you it can be stated, “I see angels
ascending and descending upon the son (or daughter) of God” as you walk in the Grace
of the Lord, and in this Jesus “will be exalted among the nations.”

Not through might nor by your strength, but “by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zech.
4:6). “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit
salvation” (Heb. 1:14)? It is then through the power of the Spirit, not the flesh,
that tears down mighty strongholds and makes way for the saving of souls; for the
healing of their flesh and the restoring of that which was stolen. Even for the
returning of the Nations unto Christ, that the Kingdom of God may be glorified and
that people may truly come to their senses through the veil being removed (2 Cor.
3:16-18) and the Presence of God come.

Truly angels ascending and descending on the sons and daughters of God, for
“creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Rom.
8:19). It is for a man, and a people, to believe and take hold of. It is for you to
receive and for you to walk in here and today. For by the Blood shed for you on the
Cross, through the Blood of the precious Lamb of God, this has been afforded each
who comes to believe … or may come to want to believe (Mark 9:23-25). It is up to
you to open the Presents, to open the ‘Gifts’ of God, and walk in the fullness of
them. No one can do this for you, but to the hungry God feeds; to the one who asks,
to he who seek, and to you who knocks the door shall be opened!

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord it is beyond comprehension what you
have achieved for me on the Cross. It is both deeply humbling and greatly
encouraging. Lord I so appreciate the Righteousness that has been afforded by your
Blood shed for me, but I also recognise my part to play. Please continue to raise me
in a heart of Integrity, even the very nature of the Son. That I might be
trustworthy with that of which you are giving me and to that of which you still yet
have in store (Matt. 13:11-2, Luke 16:10-11). In Jesus precious Name. Amen’.

Day #53: Jacob’s Ladder
“Priests and Kings” (part 1)

Scripture:
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of
wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12 NKJV)

The Gospel of Power needs to be preached so that the believer learns how to get
answer to prayer themselves. Believers themselves learning how to both defend and
protect from attack, as well as begin to rise up and go on the offensive against the
works of the Enemy with great courage and boldness in the Lord. Otherwise in
preaching a common compromised gospel, a politically correct gospel, then the Enemy
is given rights to move against the people who are called by His Name. For the
Anointing of the Lord becomes diminished within the body of believers and the Enemy
gains an increased foothold and influence.

When times come and people who are called of God suffer under very real and intense
difficulties, the Name of Jesus the King is dishonoured because of a powerless and
religiously preached gospel. That is not what this world needs, we just need to look
around; what we need and what Jesus came and died for and that is for an Anointed
Power-filled Gospel. And in this Gospel; believers themselves are subsequently
raised to become Power-filled and Anointed people of God. Otherwise, many good
believers, even many people who wish to give this Christianity a good go, start
hearing words in their own hearts, “does God really exist at all?” Trailing thoughts
seeded from the Enemy that float in through their own soul and thought life, “is
Christ Jesus real” or “should I be looking for something else?” I tell you it’s a
devil … and in this they have little capability to combat it.

The greatest honour and gift held in the capacity of man is the ability to choose to
praise the Name of Jesus and have His Delight come upon us.

It may appear fine to preach a “politically correct” message or a “religiously
correct” message (Matt. 16:6, Mark 8:15) in order to feel that you are able to reach
people but in the end you can dethrone the children of God and spiritually
‘castrate’ them. In this the Enemy continues to take ground in our Nation, as the
body of believers become increasingly docile, fat, lazy, and disorientated without
strength or fight. Without either the Counsel of the Spirit or His Might. In this
the Devil is most pleased, for he doesn’t mind dethroned Christians, and this he
works to encourage, for they even cause others to gradually lose faith. The truth is
that he is terrified of the Spirit filled believer for the Light shines upon him and
multitudes gain everlasting faith.

A powerless gospel message takes the Sword of the Spirit out of the believer’s own
hands. A powerless gospel causes the believer to have no clue about the Armour of
God and let it fall aside. In this the believer becomes fully exposed and therefore
weak, frail, and fearful in the face of the Enemy. And what is more, in many cases,
the believer ends up eventually even taking off their Helmet of their own Salvation
casting aside their faith and walking away from the Lord altogether, or that of
their kids. The Name of Jesus is defamed through a misrepresentation of the Gospel
of Truth and an inability to discern its mysteries (Eph. 3:8-11).

If there is supposed to be a ‘great falling away’ in the last days it is in the
reality that the believers have become dethroned. And end up being more sensitive to
the voice and lures of Satan than hungry for the Voice and Gifts of God. Ears so
pricked up by the fear of what Satan is doing and saying (or lust) and not drawing
near to what God is doing and saying. God stripped of His Power right in the middle
of His church – I tell you it causes the Spirit to grieve and even draw back.
Understand the purpose of prophetic warning: it is not concrete! In repentance the
believer responds and “turns his ways” unto the Lord and He “heals the land” (2 Chr.
7:14).

The Enemy comes in order to kill, steal and destroy. The Lord our Saviour comes to
give Life and Life more abundantly (John 10:10). Now the origins of all things are
clear and most plain to you. However, preaching a compromised gospel message, a
message without Power, gives place for the Enemy’s advancement. And when attacks do
come, and they do come, believers are totally disorientated for they are not trained
in what to do. Satan doesn’t mind at all if you bear the Name of Jesus, just so long
as you have no Power and live according to the flesh. For in this he does his work
of defamation through the ‘born again’ church. But if you, who are still called by
that Name, repent, I mean sack-cloth style repentance before the Lord God Almighty.
Weeping before Him even through a culture of daily prayer and fasting earnestly
before the Lord: He will change the whole course of history through you.

The Power and Anointing operating fluent in your life – is God’s Dream, now make it
your dream. However, it will not be trodden on by the indifferent. The King of kings
spilt His Blood that you may walk in your High Office and High Calling in God.

Troubles, however, do come because of an unrepentant heart and God Himself sometimes
does “hand the believer over to Satan for the ‘destruction’ of the flesh” with the
hope that the soul may be saved on the Last Day (1 Cor. 5:5). It has happened to us
all, in varying measure. Realise, though, if God was not surrounding mankind in His
Mercy we would all be dead and devoured by the Enemy, I tell you His protection is
all over us! But He steps back just a little sometimes because of cherished demons
and cherished sin retained by believers in the church – I of whom am the worst
culprit! But I tell you what I delight in, is looking back at the distress that I
have been allowed to go through for only by them I am who I am today. I tell you it
is the Mercy of God! It is the Love of God! For otherwise where would you be?
Otherwise, who would you be?

So, I have given you a key here, one that is hardly ever taught, learn to have a
deeply repentant heart before the Lord, and learn to seek Heaven manifest in your
life – daily! Do not forget it is the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). Even through a
culture of prayer and fasting for it is a statement of: 1. humbling yourself before
the Lord (Matt. 23:12), 2. a hunger of heart for the Counsel, Power, and Voice of
God, 3. a heart’s desire to change and to enter more into that of which God, through
the crucifixion of His own Son, has prepared and made the way for you.

The truth is that it’s OK when everything is going fine, when you are living in
prosperity, to go preach a powerless gospel. But the Lord’s Heart aches for the
broken, for the lost, and for the suffering. The Lord’s Heart deeply aches for them;
He wants to see the Kingdom advance. But though His own people have the full rights
of the Mantel and Authority of the Name of Jesus upon their lives, they live so
disconnected to it. All Authority has been given the Christian Church, all Power,
all Promise, even the Spirit of Might and the Fire of God. But those of whom bear
the Name of the King represent Jesus (and know Him) in such a poor light that hardly
anyone in the world wants Him. Nor do they come to know that He is the Answer and
has the answer right here and now.

I am not here to tell you what is wrong with you or what you are doing, I am here to
tell you what is right in Jesus. The Enemy comes in order to kill, steal, and
destroy: I place no condemnation or weight of criticism upon you; the diminished
powerless gospel message is a conjured up plan of the Enemy, not man. But stop being
such easy targets! Satan’s plan and intention from the beginning is to undermine the
Church as a whole and to defame the Name of Jesus – simple. But those “who know
their God will resist him and do great exploits” (Dan. 11:32). Come then and humble
yourself before your God in Heaven (1 Kings 21:27-29), weep and mourn before Him for
His Heart is purposed to prosper you and give you a great hope and a great future.

Scripture:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my
face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will
forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)

The Devil conspires together with his demon hordes, he schemes and sets up traps to
try to get at you. He comes at your health, at your finances, at your mind, your
relationships, your loved ones; and he comes especially at your Identity in the
Lord. For if he can undermine your identity in Jesus, and you receive it to heart,
then you become weak and frail until eventually you go down. This was one of the
primary targets he focused on when coming at Jesus in the desert saying, “if you are
the Son of God” (Matt. 4:6).

The believer with a lost Identity is easy easy pickings. And through the disgruntled
powerless believer he comes to discredit the Name of Jesus in order to quench the
faith of the many. But I tell you this, and make it most clear; if you truly become
one who humbles yourself and bond with the God of Heaven and earth, it will be Jesus
who comes along side you and schemes and plots against the Devil and his plans on
your behalf. Bringing healing and restoration, even to turning the purposes of the
situation for your good, and honour His Name in the process. This that even many
people’s faith would be lifted up. Satan is purposed to strip away your hope. Jesus
is purposed to raise your hope that it may go right in behind the Curtain to where
Jesus went before us.

Roar as a lion: both you and I must needs learn to roar as a lion and no longer
scurry away as fearful sheep. We are not called to live blind, defeated, hopeless,
or powerless lives – that is a false religion! You are called to mature and to
become one who roars in the face of adversity bringing even the full backing of
Heaven into the situation here, now, and today. Faith is much about an attitude of
heart; as you approach needs and wants wrought by a deep Identity fired by the Holy
Ghost. I don’t care how big situations get, I will not make an idol of them and
place them on a pedestal bowing down to worship it. I won’t, I refuse; I won’t cast
Jesus aside like that. I will, however, cast the care unto the Lord and lift Jesus
up in my eyes and delight in the Praise (in my soul) of His Name all the same.
Regardless of how intense and real!

There is something better than your own praise unto the Lord, and that is when a
choir of angels come upon your own soul offering perfect Praise unto the Lord.

The Name of Jesus cannot be defamed, His Glory remains irrespective of what the
world does or what the world thinks. Heaven still stands and the gaping hole of Hell
still burns. However, those who live uncompromised and of whose hearts are fixed and
rooted deeply in the Love of God: “the Spirit of the Lord” SHALL rest upon them (Is.
11:2). Even the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might,
the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD!

To be continued …

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord zzzz

 

. In Jesus Name!

Day #54: Jacob’s Ladder
“Priests and Kings” (part 2)

Scripture:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down
strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:3-4 NJKV)

Jesus is both Lamb and Lion, He is both Priest and King, and He is both Christ and
Judge. This He lived and operated whilst in ministry on this earth, and in this He
is firmly established and operating in Heaven here, now, and today. Satan would
prefer Christians to live and respond as sheep, in spiritual warfare, and take it on
the chin. But that is not how Jesus always responded, nor operated. Though He never
ever picked up a stone when stones were picked up against Him. He never operated in
His own flesh in vengeance or self-defence, that position was firmly set in the
Father and the angels He assigns (Ps. 91:12).

Jesus, in heart, always walks and moves firstly as a Lamb, Priestly and Christly;
with meekness, compassion, and tenderness. However, we plainly read how in many
situations where Jesus rose up as a Lion. He rose up in a position as both Judge and
King, and this before the Cross. The truth is that the vast majority of Christians
define the Love of God only as “turn the other cheek”, when the Gospels, as well as
in the book of Acts and in the rest of the Bible, show the New Testament believers
operating in their position as a ‘king’ bringing a judgement call in a situation.

One shoe does not fit all: one ‘shoe’ of love is not the full vision of the Love of
God.

Ask yourself this question, was it the Love of God that knocked Paul off his horse
and blinded him? In my opinion it is one of the most loving acts that Jesus
demonstrates in the whole Bible. Here you have Paul murdering Jesus’ own people; in
his religious zeal and ambition hunting down those who love the Lord. But Jesus in
His Grace and Mercy took the wheels of his ‘car’ before he drove off a cliff. Not
only so, but the plans and schemes of Satan were totally thwarted, as Paul became a
great Apostle of the Lord. Hence your ability to pray along these same lines, at
times, is right in line with the Heart and Mercy of the Lord.

When Satan triggers a plan that he has set up against you and you respond in prayer,
Jesus looks at the situation as a whole picture. He doesn’t just look at you and
your immediate problem, but desires to bring multi-layered healing and a greater
strength and alignment unto Himself for your own blessing. And also He looks beyond
you to those around you, looking afar to how other people’s faith may be raised and
established in Him (the ‘Name of Jesus honoured’). What Jesus desires always is to
plan and scheme for the greatest of healing, not just for you, but for the
multitudes and the generations. Truly, your prayers and requests to Heaven cause
Jesus to set up a ‘round-table’ to fully thwart the plans of Satan. That is why at
times prayers seem to take time to receive answer. But faith is key, for faith
engages you in the ‘table’ of the Lord to bring a swift result and is found in your
maintained seeking of the Presence and Purposes of God fulfilled and flourishing in
your life.

So instead of having to get ready for when problems arise; become as an Elijah or a
Joshua, a Daniel or a David, a Peter or a Paul; who retained a heart to set about
making themselves continually ready. In love and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ, in
earnest seeking of His Face, wait upon the Lord. Therefore, the Lord Himself will
come and thoroughly Equip you, Train and Raise you, revealing Mysteries and
Anointing you of Heaven.

Living a partial life, a lukewarm faith, a flesh-strength walk; leave you
ill-equipped when traps of the Enemy are sprung. But one rooted deeply in the Love
of God can stand up as a lion and roar and no longer remain as a little sheep that
runs and hides. For you, by a culture of soul, decidedly choose to hide yourself in
the Lord, in the Secret Place, in this then you are able to stand up as a king and
bring a judgement of the Lord. When the Devil thinks he has a plan that will truly
get you this time, you will rise up and command, you will rise up and roar at him in
your soul with the full backing of Jesus; the Lion of Judah. For those who abide in
the Secret Place of the Most High God are seated in a kingly position of Authority
in the spiritual realms, right next to the King of Kings and Lord of lords.

If you do not live in the Secret Place, you best turn the other cheek in all
situations for otherwise the King may bring judgement upon you. If you pick up a
‘stone’ in self-decreed judgement, in self-righteousness, or in offence and anger go
against a brother; then the Vengeance of God is against you. This you don’t want,
you don’t want to meet the Fear or Dread of the Lord. For if in a prideful and
mocking heart you take it upon yourself to take matters into your own hands than the
Hand of God is firmly against you; “Vengeance is Mine says the Lord and I will
repay” (Deut. 32:35).

“You cannot touch the Lord’s Anointed and be guiltless.” (1 Sam. 26:9)

But if you are maturing in Christ, as Jesus instructed His disciples (us), you will
learn to dust the dirt off your sandals at times in a godly judgement (Matt. 10:14).
And at times you may return even the “Peace” back to yourself after it was given
(Matt. 10:13). And as a king with the Keys of Heaven in your hands, as an ambassador
to the King of kings (a member of the governance of Heaven); you will bind or
release (Matt. 16:19). You will forgive and they will be forgiven, or withhold
forgiveness and they are not forgiven (John 20:21-23). These things are given by the
Lord, through the Spirit of God, but if you choose to rise up in your own authority
(or that of man’s) then you risk calling judgement against yourself. This is not to
be treated lightly … however, in this, the Sword of the Spirit is placed firmly in
the hands of the believer (Acts 5:12-14). The contemporary church wants the power of
the book of Acts, but without the “staff” to guide or the ‘rod’ to correct or defend
(1 Sam 17:34-35, Ps. 23, Ps. 2:7-9, Rev. 2:24-29). I say, “bring it on”, let us be
washed clean so that we may stand spotless on the day of His coming (Mal. 3:2) – of
which is now. Even for He to freely walk amongst us as He did before (Rev. 2:1-5).

Scripture:
And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive
anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not
forgiven”. (John 20:22-23 NIV)

James and John were rebuked at one time for suggesting to call down fire down from
Heaven to destroy a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-56), but later full of the Spirit,
Peter made a judgement call against Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). It was not
Peter who picked up a stone or a sword but it was the Love of God that did, it was
Christ Jesus the Lamb who was operating as Judge and King. The Day of Judgement came
upon them that very day (Luke 12:5). Learn to love the Love of God, yes … but also
learn to love the Fear of God … for in the protection of the sheep He goes against
the Jezebel wolf. Even to cause the healthy Fear of God to rise in the people and
swiftly close off the destructive spirits of Partiality and Compromise. For He knows
the hearts and minds of all man (Rev. 2:23).

What would make James and John start thinking along these lines, was it not the
growing awareness that Jesus is all Authority and Power? That He truly is the King,
and that they themselves are with Him as friends and companions. This reality was
starting to rub off on them, the true implication of it was starting to sink in.
They obviously were not operating in the right heart here, I get that, but what
influence did hanging out day and night with the King have upon their thinking? One
thing we do know is that the Apostles walked and taught that leaders must make a
judgement call at times, in the Spirit of God; against great sin, injustice, or evil
(1 Cor. 5:5). Always in the heart that the person may repent and end up in the Lord.
But a different ‘prayer’ is decreed at times that they be “handed over to Satan for
the destruction of their flesh, so that their souls may be saved on the day of the
Lord”. Such a prayer uttered is in line with the Love of God for their sake and for
the sake of the Body of Christ.

Matthew 21 (NKJV): Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the first time officially as
“King”, riding on a donkey (vs 5), “then” (vs 12) He drove out the money changers
turning tables in the Temple. And the next day Jesus returning to Jerusalem “in the
morning” (vs 18) He operated as Judge ‘cursing’ a fig tree because it bore no fruit.
In talking to His disciples He told them that “if you have faith as small as a
mustard seed you can throw the mountain into the sea” (vs 21). The walls and
strongholds apposed and aggressive against the Kingdom, even to your ‘field of
harvest’, can be cast into the ‘sea’ and “it shall be done for you” (vs 21). To this
you can operate freely the same “if you believe” … “you will receive whatever you
ask for in prayer” (vs 22).

At first Jesus comes as a Priest but His full and rightful position today is King as
well, and it is the King who is the Judge of the whole earth (John 5:22). There is
no separation; Jesus is both Christ and Judge, Priest and King, Lamb and Lion.
However, He comes to the children (vs 16): “out of infants and nursing babes you
have perfected praise”) crossing the Judgement line as a tender and close Friend,
but He is still King and Judge. The Enemies of Jesus the Father “will make His
footstool” (22:44), and “he who exalts himself” against the Kingdom “shall be
humbled” (23:12). In the end Jesus the King declared Judgement, before the Last Day,
on the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law saying, “all the righteous Blood since
Abel falls upon this generation” (23:35-36). This He decreed before ascending the
Throne. Their “house is left desolate” because they were given time and were flatly
not “willing” (23:37-39).

Scripture:
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open
its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of
every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to
our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10 NKJV)

If you truly came to understand what the word ‘dominion’ actually means, in God’s
eyes, you would right fall off your chair here and now. I am serious! If you came to
understand even in portion what it means to rule and reign in the Lord, even the
call of entering into the role of kingship, it’s much bigger than you could ever
think or imagine. In God’s eyes, as a Christian, you are a little-christ, a
little-lion, a little judge, and a little-king under the King of kings. Therefore,
come under right alignment in the Lord, for evil is allowed in the high place of our
Nation, in our schools, and even on our streets because those who are called of the
Name of Jesus do not know who they are in Him and cower. Christians not operating in
the full position that the Blood, the Word, and the Spirit has established and
purposed.

As a king in the Lord, through the Spirit of God, you can make a judgement call
releasing the Judgement of the Lord. Again I state this most clearly; if you try to
operate in this realm outside the Spirit of God, judgement will fall upon you first.
You cannot pray a judgement call against the likes of Jack the Ripper if you are
lustfully orientated. You cannot pray against the likes of Hitler or ISIS if you
disgracefully beat your own children or wife, or live with a slanderous,
criticising, or abusive heart. For without “holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb.
12:14); or in this case, no one will see the Hand of God at work.

But if you live according to the Spirit of God, as called, then you cannot be
accused nor condemned (Rom. 8:1 NKJV). Evil then, can be firmly confronted and
broken at the highest of levels by the Love of God, through those who are kings;
calling upon the King of kings. As an ambassador of the Lord you are a
representative of the King, not only so but you have the King’s full backing. And
just as Jesus was, as He walked the earth, you too are the Gateway for the Kingdom
and the ‘ears on the ground’ for your world. And you are an administrator of the
Kingdom’s purposes for your sphere of influence. This also is the importance of
bathing everything in prayer for you prepare the angelic realm to battle.

Scriptures:
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
(Is. 2:3-4 NKJV)
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf
and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (Is. 11:6
NIV)

How can this be? Surely the Knowledge of God and the Security of the Lord speaks of
the King defending His sheep causing them to lie down without a care in the world.
The people of God beating their swords into ploughshares, and their weapons of
self-defence into tools of productivity. For truly the Lord is their Shield and
exceedingly Great Reward with even the angels assigned to stop you “tripping upon a
stone”.

“Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the Hand of the LORD was against the Philistines (1
Sam. 7:13 NIV). What caused the favour of God to be so richly upon this man’s life?
Now you are asking the right questions …

Horse before the Cart: every chapter of the New Testament Bible has something in
there that can condemn you right into Hell; but thank Jesus for His Grace.
Understand these things: Grace is always first then afterwards the Righteous
requirements of the Word – but the Word is not thrown out. So to elaborate: there is
righteousness, but Grace is first. There are works, but faith is first. There is
law, but Mercy is first. There is flesh, but the Spirit is first. There are the
Gifts, but Love is first. The second is never forgotten nor cast aside, but learning
to come under alignment to the first the second is truly able to flourish.

One who flat out rejects the Love of God will meet the Fear of God on the Day on
Judgement. But it would be much better to meet the Fear of God here and now, rather
than later, for that is the Grace of the Lord (like Paul). For if one judges
themselves today and turns rather than meet condemnation on the Day of Judgement,
that is better right? To continue: here today there is the Fear of God, but the Love
of God is always first. But, the Fear of God is never to be cast aside as
irrelevant, for it is an integral part of the Personality of the Father. So in the
Love of God you can pray the Fear of God to come in order to obliterate the spirit
of Compromise that has firm a hold over someone. In Christ truly what a loving
prayer that is.

If you are one who prays the Spirit of Understanding and Wisdom for a person
struggling, this is a compassionate loving prayer. And in the same way if you pray
the Spirit of Might to come upon a person’s life who is struggling with addictions,
sicknesses, or strongholds; this also would be a righteous and noble prayer and
totally rooted in the Love of God. But if you were one to pray the Spirit of Fear to
come upon one who needs it wouldn’t that also be a prayer rooted in the Love of God?
It is certainly of the Spirit (Is. 11:2).

It is terrible to experience the Fear of God, but sometimes that is just what is
needed and can be the most gracious of prayers. For some; neither logic, reason, nor
the show of compassion would have any positive bearing on them whatsoever. In the
most severe case of Pharaoh who was pursuing the people of God, would reasoning to
them help? Could you say, “Jesus Loves you” and turn the other cheek as they storm
against you with swords drawn riding in a wild frenzy on their chariots? No, that
time had passed, truly one facet of the Love of God does not fit all situations. In
this case the only suitable prayer would be for the Fear and Terror of the Lord to
come upon them and even “take the wheels off their chariots, so that they drive with
great difficulty” (Ex. 14:25) … this too is a definition of the Love of God. For at
first Pharaoh hardened his heart, and so later on God hardened Pharaoh’s heart in
order to bring an end. But because of the severity of this case, a prayer of
Covenantal Mercy can be prayed so that the Hand of God will come and intervene
powerfully in your defence, bringing a righteous Judgement. And in this “the Lord
will fight for you; you only need to be still” (Ex. 14:14). And just as in the life
of Samuel, God will do the defending far beyond the borders of your life.

In some cases it is right for us to pray a judgement prayer. Understand this, the
Love of God is in the turning of the other cheek but in other cases it is standing
firm for righteousness. Sometimes it is pastoral, protective, and nurturing but in
other times it is prophetic giving firm warning. Sometimes the Love of God is making
a judgement call bringing the Hand of God into a situation, a Covenantal call upon
the Lord for the protection of the culprit or the protection of those of whom he is
harming. The Justice and Mercy of God – the Love of God – is not without a backbone,
it is not like jelly. It is not even like a jellyfish that floats around aimlessly.
No, it is a very purposed Love that is full of the incomprehensible Grace and Mercy
of the Lord but it has a firm back bone! It will slay the demons, and even in severe
cases; the person who destructively embraces them.

Those who God calls to go out and break down the Strongman pave the way for the
Gospel to flow, making way for the Harvest to come in. But those who follow don’t
necessarily understand what all the fuss was about for all they do is reap. For they
never faced the battles that you triumphed in and made way for them. Now in our time
there are many Strongholds and Walls that have risen up, in measure unlike before,
and the way the church battled in the past is not necessarily the way they are to
battle today … if you expect to win.

The Song Jesus places in your soul is most powerful at breaking down the mighty
Walls and Strongholds of Satan.

Scripture:
I waited (Matt. 25:1-13) patiently (with expectation) for the LORD; and He inclined
(stepped down and drew close) to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of
a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay, and set
my feet upon a rock, and established my steps (steadying my steps and establishing
my goings). He has put a new song in my mouth (and in my heart). (Psalms 40:1-3
NJKV, AMPC, KJV)

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord, Lord with renewed humility of heart I
turn my soul unto you and wait patiently for you to come. Lord may you come in your
way and in your own good time. I choose to delight myself in you. Please raise me up
and set my feet upon solid ground, even upon the Rock. Lord I pray and believe that
you will establish me in all my goings and place a New Song in my mouth and in my
heart. In Jesus Amen’.

Day #55: Jacob’s Ladder
“The Spirit of the Lord is Upon me”

Opening Scripture:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because …

Let me share something with you: most of us, when we think of prayer life, only
think of the needs before us. As a believer, you may go to a prayer meeting and pray
for your city and your nation. And in private, you may pray for your family, your
church, and someone you know in need. You may also come to pray for a greater
revelation of the Word, for wisdom, and also then for help in your work and your
finances. Though these are all good and righteous prayers, most Christians just stop
there. And even when it comes to fasting, believers may fast for a specific need;
for someone very sick, for some great catastrophe, or in order to bring about God’s
Hand at work. Then, when finished, that is as far as you go, and getting up you go
back to your normal daily routine.

It is noble, right, and doctrinally correct to pray for needs. But let us not live
bound by legalism and doctrine, and let us all the more be encouraged to go deeper
into the Love of God, via the Holy Spirit. When you think of relationship in the
Lord, you may think that this prayer lifestyle is as far as you can go. And in this
you then go back to normal life, even with your favourite worship music on in the
car. But what I would like to suggest, is that there is more; much, much more that
is available and purposed in Christ Jesus for you.

Legalism and doctrine would tell you that you have fulfilled all the righteous
requirements of the Law. But we are not under Law are we? I would like to suggest
and encourage you in this, that after you have prayed for needs and the
practicalities of life, now feel welcome to seek the Lord. Seek the Lord for Him,
for He Himself. He alone is the Treasure, and in the vastness of Him are many, many
realms and rooms of treasures.

We are not under Law, but we are under Grace, Mercy, and Love. We are not under
doctrine, our own understanding, or common opinion (Prov. 3:5). No, we are under the
Spirit. That is, under the Spirit’s leading, understanding, and opinion. Realise
this fundamental point; we are not purposed to be called servants, but children of
God, and even unto kingship. We are not under works, but Love, and even the fullness
of the Lord. It is to these very roots that form the perfection of which we are
called (Matt. 5:48), through the Love, Grace, and Power of the Spirit. These are the
only roots that can truly fruit the fullness of the Kingdom, and the holiness that
is purposed in the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

So I would like to suggest that once you have submitted your cares unto the Lord,
that you now go firmly for His Presence. Now go for a visit and an encounter in the
Person of our Lord Jesus Christ. Truly there is something far greater than receiving
answer to prayer, and that is coming to meet with He who is both your Answer and
your Author. Become like Joshua of whom never left the Tent of Meetings (Josh.
33:11). And as he, you will valiantly go forward and you will lead multitudes into
the full Promises of God.

If you truly long for souls saved, seek a greater bonding, a closer walk, and a
deeper united oneness in He who saves souls.

An underlying purpose of the Word, the Blood shed for you, and the Spirit given is
not only to be able to pray for needs, or even pray for the salvation of souls. The
underlying purpose is that you have the Person of Jesus with you and that He takes
you where He is. And here, where He is; He Equips you, Blesses you, Imparts to you,
and Anoints you from these vast treasures that are in Heaven. This not in the
strength and wisdom of the flesh, or of man, but of the Heavenly realms. In this, a
greater Anointing of Heaven comes and rests upon your life. This increasingly
occurring, and only ever increasingly, each and every day. Every day, and why is
this? Because you have given Him full and rightful place, you have given Him full
legal right.

Come to learn to move on past the needs that are before you, and even fully leave
your cares, requests, and needs on the Alter of God; and transit from there. That
is, keep on going through into the Holy Place, the Tent of Meetings. This prayer is
the greatest of need, for what you are after is the Person of Jesus, the Person of
the Father, and the Person of the Holy Spirit. The Blood of Jesus has afforded you a
precious beginning to the vastness of the Kingdom of God. So as you personally come
to seek the Person of God, He comes in a greater measure of His Glory. He, Himself,
prepares the way for you to be able to carry a greater measure of the realms and
realities of Heaven upon your life.

To this is what is available to you, and is the greatest underlying calling in the
Lord, both personally and collectively as the Body of Christ. Remember, this
Christian walk is relational, tender, closeness, and friendship in the Bosom of the
Father, just as was in the life of Jesus (John 1:18). Our relationship in the Lord
is not servant based, law based, deeds or works based; but deeply Love based, Spirit
based, and Anointing based. Does this make sense? We are called to sonship and to
kingship; that is to the very Home of God, the private quarters of the Lord and not
to the servants quarters. Do you understand the difference?

It is not only what Jesus has done for you that is important, but what Jesus desires
to do for you, and what He desires to lead you into. The purpose of the Blood is
always bigger than you can think or be able to receive. But let’s take steps
forward.

As a son, as a friend, He shares with you all that the Father has (John 15:15,
16:15). It is to a son that He makes everything known and available, but not to a
servant. The worker doesn’t go back to the Castle, the worker goes back to their own
home, and not to the Home of the King. Be encouraged to have your thinking shifted.
Now as a son, when you go out to do ministry, or do life, you go with the King’s
full backing, and also with an entourage from the Heavenly realms. Not just you in
your own strength and knowledge, with your little worker’s tool bag with Jesus
written on it. No, but with a host of angels, the Spirit of God, and King Jesus.

Be reminded of the Temple of God that was in Solomon’s day, the earthly replica that
is in Heaven. When you go to God for needs only, and not continue for the manifest
Person of God, then you are stopping at the Inner Place, you are stopping at the
Alter. But there are two other realms that the Blood has availed and purposed for
you. Remember the Prodigal son; the Father gives you the ring of the Family, and a
coat of Honour. It is the spending time with the Person of your Father, in His
Presence, that brings you and lifts you out of a pig pen mentality, of a servant
mentality, of a works mentality, and of a poverty mentality. Now when you serve
others, now when you work, you do it as a son; with the Love, the Anointing, and the
Richness of Heaven.

So learn and practice to look beyond needs, and go on through into the Meeting
Place, the Holy Place of the Lord. Let your eyes come to focus on the Lord. And it
is in this place, that you come into the ministering Presence of Jesus, the manifest
Presence of God, and the manifest Holy Spirit; in this they come. And let me say
this, it does not even stop there! But the Holy Spirit comes personally and takes
you by your right hand and leads you into a place where no one can take you. That is
only the Person of the Holy Spirit can take you. No man, no knowledge, no gifting,
and no revelation takes you … but the very Person of Jesus. Some even get zapped
right up into Heaven (2 Cor. 12:2) and are shown unspeakable things, and walk around
and are given time to meet people and experience things that vastly open your eyes.

It is in this Holy Place, that you are lifted up and honoured in the realm of the
Eternal places of the Heart of the Father. You as a mere and ordinary man or woman,
are set in such high honour in the Presence of the Lord (Luke 14:10-11). Being one
who is brought into the Secret Place, the Hidden Places of the Lord. What is our
flesh efforts compared to this? What is legalism, doctrine, religion, and human
effort compared to this? What then am I talking about? What is this that is
available to all who believe? That is becoming one increasingly Anointed of the
Spirit of the Lord, and this right in the Presence of the Glory of the Lord.

The Word that is spoken is a Sword that comes out of the mouth of Jesus (Rev. 1:16),
and is the Word that destroys the Enemy. I am giving you a most precious word of the
Lord today, that you can act upon in your own way. But the key is in the realising
that your relationship in the Lord, isn’t just for the praying for the needs of the
world. Your relationship in the Lord isn’t just reading the Word and getting a new
revelation, or a new bit of useful knowledge. No, what the Blood has achieved for
you is in your ability to go into something more important than praying for even the
greatest of needs. And this is for praying for a meeting, if not a regular meeting
with the Person of Jesus Christ, our Living and precious Lord and Saviour. This is
the greatest of prayers that you can keep and retain in your heart. Even having this
prayer set before all fears, all needs, and all righteous endeavours. Instead of
only reading or hearing about Him, you meet continually with Him. You meet and
regularly sit down with the Author of both the Word, of Life itself, the Author of
your Faith, and of whom is the Author of all Creation. It is He who can author, and
even re-write, a full change to that of which is in front of you … oh, you of little
faith!

What am I talking about here? It is many things. But one thing that it is, it is the
Place of Anointing. This in itself is not the goal, the goal is always the Person of
Jesus. The goal is to sit one on one with Jesus your King and your Friend; the Lover
of your soul, your deepest Companion, and He who is your Kin (that is your brother,
your family). Friendship in the Lord Jesus, in the Father, and in the Spirit of God
is far, far beyond all things. All things truly pale vastly in comparison. There
truly is no compare. And regularly, daily, and even hour by hour, abiding in the
Presence of the Lord; this is the abiding place of a son or daughter.

Truly, Jesus speaks the truth, I am not kidding. How true it is that the “flesh
profits man nothing” at all! The Lord does not lie. It is only “the Spirit that
brings Life”. The Lord does not lie. He truly and only ever speaks the Truth.

I make this statement: the greatest and most noble effort, is not in the needs or
cares that are before you. It’s not church ministry, salvation, or people healed.
No, your Father who is in Heaven, knows all the needs even more than you do (Matt.
6:8). And He deeply desires to bring release more than you, and He has the right
approach to bring about the Eternal Answer. But as He has clearly stated; the
believer is called to walk in step with the Spirit, and live according to and under
the unction of the Holy Spirit, and not the flesh. So therefore, the greatest
effort, and importance to the Lord, is your ability to meet with the Person of
Jesus. And in these regular meetings, reclining with our Resurrected Christ (Luke
12:37), even in glory form, it is the most precious gift for both you and your world
of needs. And that is, in you becoming one increasingly Anointed of Heaven. And not
only so, but you yourself becoming one who ‘sees’, not one who is ‘blind’ (John
9:41, Matt. 15:14). And now you can truly help those within your care, even for them
to enter into the same Heavenly realms of Life as you.

Scripture:
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to
proclaim, good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to
proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.
(Isaiah 61:1 NIV)

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. And why is that? Because, He has Anointed me.
And what is the purpose of this Anointing? Is it for your honour before man? Is it
for the approval of man, and even so that you can find approval in leadership? No,
it is for this one reason: to preach good news to the poor, heal the broken hearted,
proclaim freedom to the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.

Let us no longer be upside down, but be turned right side up. Jesus has called you,
so that you might truly come to Him, and in coming to Him that you truly might
remain with Him (John 15:5). There are no in betweens, that is religion, and the
subtle work of the Enemy. In our Christian walk we honour man, we honour and esteem
others even greater than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). We honour and serve leadership, and
our local church body. But we do this, we only are effectively and truly capable of
doing this, if we are rooted and bonded personally in the Person of Jesus (John
21:22). And a natural bi-product of union in the Lord, is unity in the Body of
Christ. Otherwise we have become a religion with priests over us. That is a devil
and is anti-Christ. Anti-Christ meaning, ‘in place of’ Christ Jesus. This can be
very subtle, but it is very real and most common. Jesus alone is your go-between (1
John 2:2). He alone is your Priest (Heb. 3:1, 4:14-16), your King, your Saviour, and
your Instructor. Jesus is your Teacher and your Lord. Have you heard of Chinese
whispers? That is to fundamentally fail to come to the Source, but structurally
always going to the many go-betweens. On the Last Day, Jesus will say to many, “I
don’t know you, go away you evil doers” (Matt. 7:21-23). Even to those who are in
ministry in the church body.

A church ministry may have an Anointing upon it, and this Anointing may also come
upon you. You may heal the sick, cast out demons in the Name of Jesus, you many even
lead people unto the salvation message. But in the end, Jesus may say to you, “I
don’t know you”. Does this not send a shiver down your spine? Is there not the Fear
of God coming upon you? Now, this is healthy. Let us come turn our tree fully right
side up and come deeply and personally to set our hearts, our roots, to meet daily,
even hourly, with the Prince of Peace, the Person of Jesus, the Bread of Life. He is
not dead or far removed, that is a devil speaking. He responds to your daily, if not
hourly, invitation to come. Your yearning for the Lord.

There is something better and more important than cares, even the cares of the
world; these cares that the Father is fully aware of (Matt. 6:33). And that is to
leave all cares in your Father’s full care and fully entering into the Presence of
the Lord (Ps. 55:22). Being then raised in the Honour that comes from the Father
(John 5:44). Raised in the Presence of the Lord, and being set in such Honour in the
presence of all those who are here in the realms of the Secret Place of the Lord
(Zech. 3). And here being Gifted and Anointed by the very Person of Jesus your King.
The greatest Prophet ever, in all of history, and all the universe is the Person of
Jesus. And when He speaks over your life, there are major shifts within your soul.
And a coat, a mantle, is placed upon you, and the entire spiritual realm and the
Hosts of Heaven are made fully aware. And instead of the demon saying, “Paul I know
about, but who are you” (Acts 19:15)? No, the demon flees because he fully knows who
you are.

I choose not to care but for the Presence of the Lord, and His Anointing resting
richly upon my life. And in His Love, I have my breath. In His Counsel, I have my
ways. And in His Might, I have my strength. And in His Hands, He crafts me.

To be led by the Spirit of God is not to be led by circumstances, needs, or
ministry. It is to be led by the very Spirit of the Lord. That is, not under law,
nor religion, nor your own understanding, nor under your own strength or vision …
but “by my Spirit says the Lord” (Zech. 4:6). Care not, but for the Spirit of God;
just as Jesus. He did not operate by His own understanding, He didn’t even do what
He saw in front of Him. He only did what He heard His Father saying. And He only did
what He saw His Father doing. He operated not under law, doctrine, recipes, or
formulas; this opens a believer to the manipulation of the Enemy. Satan knows the
Word and the Commands of God even better than you. But, he will load a burden upon
you that is beyond that of which you can carry, and works to desensitise you to the
leading of the Spirit of God. And in these legalistic roots you can operate at times
so far outside the Love of God, so far outside of the Heart and Ways of the Holy
Spirit. That is a devil, and the devil’s purpose intent for you; even in the Name of
Jesus.

To walk in the Anointing of Heaven, to have the “Spirit of the Lord upon me”, you
must learn to be fully united in the Lord. This being far removed from the
manipulation of the devil and the demon. We are not subject to needs, to problems,
or to circumstances. Nor are we subject to sicknesses, diseases, or death. No, it is
they that are subject to the Anointed. The whole world is full of problems, and the
Father is fully aware of them all. It is then He who responds and acts through those
who are His kings, these kings of whom abide here on Earth. Jesus is the King of
kings, He is not a King of slaves, He is not a King of servants. Jesus is not a King
of slaves to circumstances; but you, as a king under the Great King, you can command
with a word. For those who know, those who are given this Knowledge by their King,
they truly know who they are. It is they that He talks to and to whom He gives power
to heal, to set free, and to cast out (Mark 3:13-15). And in this all of Creation
eagerly awaits you rising up (Rom. 8:13). The Spirit of the Lord is upon me …
because … He has Anointed me.

You are not a prophet of man, but a prophet of God. You are not a prophet of
circumstances that you see, but a prophet of the Spirit of the Living God.

I know I say the same thing over and over; but seek the Person of God. Learn to seek
the manifest Presence of Jesus as the centre most prayer of your life. God is most
honourable, He answers your prayers. However, if you only ask for needs, or even for
justice or revelation, then that may be all He gives to you. If you request out of
legalism, God will respond out of Legalism. If you approach in grace, He will also
respond in Grace. But if you approach Him as a child, and out of love seek for the
fullness of Him, you get the fullness of Him. Not just a gift but He who is the
Giver of gifts. But we don’t even know in so many ways what to ask for, let alone
how to ask (Rom. 8:26). There are so many things that are so far beyond our
pea-sized brains. But when the Person of Jesus is central to your prayer and fasting
lifestyle, He who is the Answer comes, and it is He who even gives you the right
question to ask, and the right approach for answers that are beyond human
comprehension.

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Thank you Lord for the Spirit of God, and for the union
that is available in the Lord. Thank you Lord that I can come gain a greater
clarification and sureness of soul, to seek the Presence of the Person of God, even
with a greater resolve. Thank you Lord, that this walk is deeply relational, Lord I
thought I knew this but how much it is so. Lord, I seek you with all I am, with the
full understanding that you come, and it is you who is my Lord of whom I serve with
all my heart. Please continue to raise me, and fashion me according to your good
purpose. In Jesus Name. Amen’.

Day #56: Jacob’s Ladder
“My Jesus Loves to Cook me Pancakes”

Our prayer: thank you Lord, that in all things and through all things, I can live in
continual praise of the precious Name of Jesus. Thank you Lord, that I can step on
through all concerns, all hassles, all the continual issues of this life and praise
your precious Name. Thank you Jesus that at this moment I can look through all
things and leave all cares, all troubles, all errors, and at this very moment lay
them all in your full care, and enter into the Holy Place of your Presence. Even the
demon that comes, in his strong accusations and with his fear mongering; I address
him not, but fully hand him over to you. At this moment I care only to delight in
you, praise you, and seek your Face with all I am, standing here tall in your
Presence. Even in this New Song that you have given me of the Lord. Blessed be the
Name of Jesus!

If there is anything about you that is progressive. If there is anything about you
that wishes to move forward, you will always meet opposition and resistance. But the
Answer is always in the Person of Jesus.

The Hospitality of Jesus: the Blood shed for you has afforded you many, many things.
God has wonderful plans for you and your life, and if you came to know, even in a
small measure, you would cry for a month. I am so serious! You would be a total
incoherent babbling mess. But in this God takes small steps as you personally come
meet with Him in the hidden, the private, and the secret places of your life. And in
this, He prepares you, and makes you capable, to be able to increasingly receive,
and to be able to walk in the Eternal things that are far beyond your capacity to
define.

Opening Scripture:
What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of
man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who
hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him (promptly responding to
Him) and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]. Yet to us God has
unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches
diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound, and
bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s
scrutiny]. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 AMPC)

As a believer, you can choose to approach your walk in the Lord legalistically. And
as a Christian you can decide to approach Jesus religiously. In your zeal you can
come and approach Jesus by only talking about Him, hearing about Him, and even just
reading about Him in His Word. But what the Blood has availed you, through the
breaking of His Body on the Cross, is your ability to approach Jesus most intimately
and most personally. This is one on one as King and Lord, yes, but more importantly;
you can approach Him one on one as your dearest and closest Friend. For that is what
He desires to be to you. Come then, to walk in the profound mystery that is found in
waiting upon the Lord, and seek His Face – daily. And in this being taken into the
Secret things, the Hidden, and the Unfathomable things of the Lord; even the deep
Mysteries of Heaven gradually being unfolded and made open, clear, and manifest to
you.

Communion: we have the Bread and the Wine here yes, but these emblems are cymbals
and representations of things very real. There is the Bread that is the Body of the
Lord, and then there is the Blood that is represented in the Wine. But realise this
truth: Jesus Himself wants to come over and cook you a Good Meal. He wants to sit
together with you, and share one to another. He wants to give you of the Bread of
Life and of the New Wine daily, transferring of Himself richly, directly into you.
You coming to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood and He becomes acutely and
integrally a part of you (John 6:53-59); in your spirit, in your soul, in your mind,
and in your flesh. As you come to receive Him in this present moment, He unlocks
Heaven increasingly to you each and every day. This then, is part of the value of
your private communion in the Lord; your heart that remains deeply attentive to His
Presence, His Voice, and even His gentle Knock at your door.

Scripture:
Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who
wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and
knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master,
when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself
and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. (Luke 12:35-37)

As you personally come to gain a heart, that honestly values and seeks for the
manifest Presence of Jesus, afresh and anew each and every day. In your tenderness,
your humility, your invitational, and honouring heart waiting upon the Lord. In your
earnestness keeping a lookout for Him, with plenty of oil in your lamp (Matt. 25:3).
The Blood has gifted you the Son Himself, not only to be as Lord and King on the
Throne. But whereby Jesus, Himself, comes and hangs out with you; He as your dear
and closest Friend.

The reality is, that if you wish, you can approach Jesus as a servant. And if you
are so inclined, you can approach Him as a worker, or even as a slave. But what
Jesus really wants, is that you might learn to approach Him fundamentally and fully
as a son, as a daughter; and especially as a babe, a toddler, as a little child of
God (Matt. 18:3). That is what He is seeking. The Blood has availed you many
precious things, but the most precious Gift is your ability to approach Him as a
delighted in, and as a beloved little child of God. Just as you are, with a full
nappy and all (Zech. 3:9).

Scripture:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)

How you start unlocking these Unfathomable plans that God has for you and your life,
and stepping into them, is coming to make active and decisive daily steps to meet
Him in His Secret Place. Not with all your baggage, nor with all your needs; not
with your grotty clothes on, and nor with your assumed trophies; but person to
Person, friend to Friend, in love and in companionship. Not in your self-sufficiency
or independence, but allowing the Lord your Jesus, the Lord your Friend, the Lord
your closest Companion to come in and hang out with you – He as your dear and close
trusted Friend. Whereby He graces you with His Presence, and where in His own
delight, He has you just relax and recline as He prepares you a Great Meal. Giving
you new things this day; the breaking of Bread and the drinking deeply of the Wine.

Come make honoured place for Him: free of distractions, free of concerns. No
interruptions; but an honoured place and time just for, and only for, the Lord. And
when the Lord comes being fully attentive and honouring Him dearly. He is the King,
and He could be anywhere, but He has chosen to hang out with you. He who is the very
Author of Life, He who is Love, He who is fully robed and dressed with the Glory of
Heaven, and He of whom holds the immeasurable numbers of the stars and the galaxies
as dust in His Hands. He, your Friend, and your King, wishes to spend time
personally with you. Therefore, come choose to delight in setting all things aside
to rightly honour Him in the coming to your home. Your attention given, being fully
given to Him.

I so encourage you to learn to become hungry for the Wholesome Food that comes from
Heaven; the very Bread of Life. And also, therefore, learning to become attentive to
His gentle and considerate Knock at your door. And always in excitement and
anticipation opening the door and letting Him in; for He is standing right there.
Like Samuel in the Old Testament; cry out even at night, “Lord, is that you” (1 Sam.
3)? Even if it is just a devil; “oh, it’s only you”, and turning your back to him
saying, “I don’t care about you, I am waiting and looking out for the Lord.”

Jesus likes to cook you breakfast: and He cooks the best pancakes. If you can come
and choose to make clear steps for Him, first thing in the morning, you’ll find that
He cooks the best breakfast. I am so serious. For He seriously loves showing His
Kindness and His Hospitality to His own. He likes to share of Himself, He likes to
give you of Himself, and He likes to share and impart to you something new from
Heaven each and every day. And these very things themselves, becoming openings,
stepping stones, to Heaven becoming increasingly accessible and real to you, here
and now. Whereby you, yourself, can transit and go into Heaven and enjoy yourself.
And also, receive anything that you might need or want, at any time. So the Secret
Place, the very same Cupboard that Jesus always went into, is the preparation place
whereby you might be able to receive liberally and abundantly. For in this place He
will ‘reward’ you, as expressed openly in Scripture (Matt. 6:6). It is here that you
are taught, and here that you become rightly founded. Rightly founded in order to be
able to appropriate, and liberally access, the fullness of the Heavenly realms.
Jesus likes to give you New things each day, whereby you eat freely of the Table of
the Lord. So come on up and be seated with Him in His Presence.

The way of Heaven is to eat daily of the New and Fresh Manna, and drink deeply of
the New Wine that He has for you; here and now. Jesus is our dearest and closest
Friend and Companion; so as we honour Him, and make full respectful place for Him,
He visits. Learn then, to honour Him and make time for the Person of Jesus – just
Him, just He alone. Learn to set yourself aside for Him in your thoughts, your
cares, your business, and in your busy-ness of life; and honour Him. Learn to become
attentive for Him, and in this, learn the value of waiting upon the Lord.

As you come to learn to wait upon the Lord, the personal and intimate visits of the
Person of Jesus, you find then that they become the most important area of your life
and your Christian walk. For you are so uplifted by them. You are not an orphaned
child, Jesus didn’t die and go to Heaven abandoning you here on Earth. No, He states
very clearly, here and now, that He will come to you (John 14:18). He comes to all
who retain an honest heart of enquiry and intent. Be no longer stolen from.

As my closest Friend, or as a dear Neighbour, my Jesus rocks up whenever He likes –
even when not invited. This I delight in, and wish He would more; and this He knows,
so He always comes by. In the Presence of my Saviour, He has me recline, and He
dresses to serve and wait upon me. My Saviour delights in Hospitality, and though He
is King and Lord, He delights to meet with me as His dear friend. He delights to go
into the Pantries of Heaven for ingredients and surprise me, coming over to my home,
and in His warmth prepares and cooks me a Meal, that we might sit as friends again
and share one to another. He also desires deeply, to have me come over and sit up on
His Banqueting Table that I might eat and dine richly with Him.

He has been to the nobles, He has been to the intelligent and to the knowledgeable.
Jesus has been to the clever people, the respected and the wealthy. And He has been
to the talented and the righteous … but they were all just too busy (Luke 14:15-24).
But then He found me in the dust, He found me in the Miry Clay, and He personally
came and has lifted me out and set my feet on most solid ground. And now in His
regular and deeply welcomed personal visits, He Himself, establishes me in all my
goings. He has placed a new Song in my heart, and new Song on my lips (Ps. 40:1-3).
Though He blesses me so much, I gladly set even my blessings aside and delight
myself in Him. He, my Lord and my King. He, who is my dearest Friend.

Even now, my Lord Jesus just loves to spend time with me. So I remove all clutter,
and keep my heart ready and attentive for Him, for He comes whenever He wants, and
in this He always comes. So I always make clear space for Him. And when my Saviour
comes, He takes off His Crown, He takes off the Glory of His Splendour, He leaves
the stars and the galaxies outside, and not as the King of Glory, but as my dear
Friend; He has me recline and He deeply enjoys just sitting with me and spending
time with me again. Me, just an ordinary nobody born of the dust, He delights in
this. He truly delights for me to see Him as my dear Friend, as my closest
Companion; though He is King and Lord. Not only is He King and Lord, but Christ and
Judge, and He is the full Ruling Authority of all things above and below the Earth.

Through the Blood, one can legally approach Jesus in His position as Judicial
Authority and seek Justice. Through the Blood, one can seek and approach Him as King
and reverently honour Him at a distance, with all these who have gained access here
in His Courts. Through the Blood, with confidence, one can approach Him as Christ
and receive a cleansing for your sin. Through His Blood shed, one can approach Him
as Priest that He might intercede on your behalf, whereby you now can truly approach
the Father. But though these things are all true and correct, these approaches are
not the full Heart and Dream of the Father, for both you and I. Nor was it the Dream
of Jesus, as He hung on the Cross.

Jesus shed His Blood for us all that you might come approach Him, your Lord and
Saviour, as a Friend, and as your closest Companion. Jesus is many things, even
things that are beyond our comprehension, and you can approach Him in many ways and
in this He will respond. But His Heart and Dream is for the closest of Friendship;
not religion, not legalism, not works, nor assumed righteous deeds … for what can we
offer a King? No, the fullness of man’s glory is but as a worm in the dirt (Is.
41:14). Jesus just wants us; He wants our full person, and to lift us up in Himself.
He is looking out for those who would come to Him in the innocence of a child.

Jesus honestly just wishes to come over and show you His Hospitality without you
feeling weird, uncomfortable, or distant by the fact that He is Absolute Authority
and Power. He could come in His Ruling Authority and even in His Glory, but your
physical body would not even survive. The intensity of His Presence is terrible to
behold for a mere mortal. The Majesty of His Person would be so overwhelming you
would run and hide.

Therefore, you can see Him and seek Him in different ways; and they may be all true
and correct. You can seek Him through knowledge and understanding, and even study
about Him through the countless generations. Yes, this is possible. You can seek Him
religiously, you can seek Him legalistically, you can seek Him through a works
mentality, and you can seek Him as a slave or as a servant. They are all true and
correct for He is King and absolute Lord. But it’s just are not His Heart or His
Heart’s purpose for you. Jesus did not brutally shed His Blood on the Cross for you,
that you might live only in a works based relationship with Him. Nor did He for a
legalistic based, a slave based, a zealous based, or a religious based relationship
with Him. You can approach Him these ways if you wish, even through great knowledge
and understanding, they are all possible; but they just are not the Heart of the
Father.

What are we talking about here? Identity, intimacy, holiness, and being Anointed in
the Power and Love of the Spirit of God. We are talking sonship, kingship, and
coming to abide in the Bosom of the Father. Religion has no place here, and legalism
and pride is totally worthless. Flesh driven works, zeal, and self-sacrifice is
worthless and even becomes as a stench in His nostrils.

As a child, as family, as a brother or sister of Jesus; when approaching the Lord
for needs, you don’t necessarily always need to enter His Courts pleading your case,
along with all those who are here in attendance. No, in deep honour and respect, but
in kinship, as a beloved child of God, you can go walk in and embrace your Father
and go sit down next to Him. And in this position you, yourself, pass judgement; in
this you declare, in this you command, and in this you decree. For Jesus did not ask
you to only ask Him for what you need, nor did He ask you to only ask the Father; to
heal, to cast out, or to raise the dead. No, He told you to do it. For as one raised
and stationed in rightful place next to the Father, with Jesus on the Throne, full
of the Holy Ghost and the Anointing given you in the Lord; you bring Heaven to
Earth. You do it!

The Father deeply prefers you to approach Him as a child, as a friend, and as a
close and trusted companion. He can be all these other things to you, He can really
be all these other things, but they are just NOT His Heart’s Dream, or Purpose for
you, as He hung Jesus on the Cross.

As a little toddler I can run up to Him in the midst of the Courts of God, and He
drops all things, and He pauses all proceedings to pick me up upon His Knee. In His
Eyes, and in the eyes of all these in attendance, He sees me as a king, though I am
still in my nappies. For He is grooming me for kingship, for I am a rightful heir.
He is preparing me to be able to sit upon the Judgement Chair, the Ruling Chair, the
Throne of His own Son (Rev. 3:21, 1 Cor. 6:3). I am Family, I am of Royal Blood
(Gal. 3:13). Though an orphan, though from the dust, though one so insignificant; it
was my Lord’s Dream and desire to pick me up out of the alleyways and byways, and
set me in such Honour (Matt. 22:1:14). I deeply honour the Lord my God, but to me,
He is my Papa.

Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit; they do not confide themselves to servants or to
slaves. They confide themselves only to friends, to companions, and to they that are
their own kin. A slave would be horrified if the King of Glory rocked up to hang out
at dinner. Do you remember how John the Revelator would rest his head on the King’s
Bosom (John 13:23), as they lay on couches around the dining table? The intimacy of
Friendship that is available in the Lord is beyond our natural human comprehension.
But realise this: that it is the right and only basis that one can come and be truly
entrusted to administrate His Glory on this Earth. It was through Jesus’ own
intimate and closest of relationships, that He retained in the Father, that allowed
Him to make the Father known on this Earth at all (John 1:18). This is the right
bases, everything else is legalism and religion, and destructive pride; regardless
of how Gifted one might be.

You can approach Jesus through prophets and teachers; this is right, this is true.
You can approach Jesus through pastors, apostles and evangelists; but in the end,
what is the purpose of these ministries of the Lord? But to come to honour and
approach Jesus yourself in the intimacy of your own personal union and friendship.
Even to clean your house, set a chair, and wait upon the Lord to come visit,
whenever He may wish. With a full and clear red carpet open invitation for Him.
Apart from this, all is refuse … for it is only the Spirit that brings life, the
flesh profits man nothing at all!

You can study, study, and study about Jesus; even collectively under a great
teacher. This is right and good, but if you fail to come to our Lord and Saviour, as
a fully redeemed friend; then you, yourself, deny Him. He is knocking every day at
your door, but you don’t even realise, nor do you open it up for Him. He has a bag
of flour, some eggs, and maple syrup and He wishes that He could just cook you some
pancakes and hang out for breakfast together. But you in your practical, works
based, and independent mentalities utterly refuse Him. Too busy, too much on, and
even the Kingdom’s toil being too demanding. And we wonder then, where are the
earth-shifting prophecies, the visions, or the dreaming of dreams that the Book of
Acts speak of (Acts 2:17)? And in our churches, we wonder where the Power of God is.
Let your heart beat in line with that of the Lord’s, and bring His Anointed Presence
here physically in your world.

If you truly wish to have souls saved then come and establish a heart and a culture
of deep honouring praise.

It doesn’t matter if you run a huge corporation, or manage a ministry school. It
doesn’t matter if you’re a church pastor with huge responsibilities. It doesn’t
matter if you are an evangelist, or a regular father or mother, or even a child at
school: there is great and immeasurable value and importance in seeking Jesus and
making place for Him, as your most deepest and closest Friend. Making clear and
purposed place for Him to sit with you and that you may share one to another, as
bonded loving close friends. Not only in a legal marriage with Him, but a union
deeply established in love, intimacy, and trust.

Honour the Lord in tenderness, even above your overwhelming ministerial
responsibilities. Yes, Jesus is King; yes, Jesus is Lord, Saviour, Christ, Judge and
total Ruling Authority … and it’s important to approach Him in these ways, in deep
reverence and honour. This is fully doctrinally correct. But, it just is not the
full Heart of the Father, the Son, nor the Holy Spirit. And this too, you will find,
is fully doctrinally correct.

If you truly wish to be successful, I mean seriously and Eternally successful, come
learn to enter His Rest, and seek and wait upon the Lord and make it your singular
root drive and purpose. Just as it was with Jesus. Learn to set yourself aside to
just sit. Just sit patiently and trustingly, and seek the Face of your Heavenly
Father, just as Jesus always did as He walked the Earth with all His own demanding
responsibilities.

You and I have the same capacity and opportunity of the deepest of intimacy in the
Lord God, as Christ Jesus. By the Blood shed for you, you have the same rights to
the Love of God as His own Son. The same rights and opportunity of closeness,
tenderness, and one-to-one sharing with the Lord of Glory as Jesus. Extend the
invitation, deeply of heart extend the invitation. He deeply desires to meet with
you, just as you are, even in the midst of all your mess; and cook a Good Meal and
talk Life together with you; lifting you up each and every day. Even to give you
precious Gems and precious things from Heavenly realms.

I personally refuse then, to allow anything to come between me and He who is Life.
If I let anything in between me and He who is my dearest Friend, what else will I
let in? I, therefore, choose to guard my heart, for it is the Well Spring of life
(Prov. 4:23). And just as the Temple of God has an Outer Wall, I too keep my
relationship in the Lord extremely guarded and protected. He abides in me and I in
Him; and it would be most dishonourable to allow anything or anyone to come in and
trample the tenderness that the Lord desires to establish. I need not say a thing,
but choose to reside firmly here in the Presence of my Lord and my dearest Friend.
Regardless of what or how the demon wishes to come and try to drive a wedge between
me and my union in the Lord. My soul is sacred ground, and as David exclaimed, “my
soul thirsts for God, for the living God, when can I go and meet with Him” (Ps.
42:2)?

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Lord, here today, I choose to wait in eagerness, in
continual eagerness, waiting on the Lord. In a deepest state of longing for you to
Knock on my door whenever you like. This I do regardless of what is presented to me
this day. I delight in the Song that you have placed upon my lips and in my heart,
for they are ushering and setting as a welcome mat for the Lord my Friend. Please
continue to Sing praise in my soul. Bless you, in Jesus Name. Amen’.

Day #57: Jacob’s Ladder
“I Call Them to Account”

A brief introduction to this chapter: in Columbia, scores of churches have undergone
great persecution, with pastor’s wives been continually kidnapped and held for
ransom by the drug cartels. Where churches are demanded percentages of offerings for
the return of their women. It is not right under Heaven for the church or the
believer to be held captive by ruthless, godless, and (demon driven) deep rooted
evil and intent. It’s not God’s way. And what does the Lord say? “Vengeance is mine,
and I will repay!” There comes a time, when driven into a corner, where reasoning no
longer has any value at all. It is here when facing the impossible that one, rooted
in the Love of God, can pray most differently.

The Lord sent them a prophet, and at a pastor’s conference where hundreds of pastors
attended, he spoke to them about the “five layers of God’s Love”. The prophet’s name
was Al Houghton. Led by the Spirit, rooted in the Love of God, bond-tied to the Lord
of Glory, and filled with the Mercy and Grace of the Lord; a believer can pray most
differently. I have since heard of great changes that have occurred throughout
Columbia as a result of the revelation of this ‘Sword’ of the Spirit (Luke
22:35-36). And they greatly celebrated this Word of the Lord given them.

Here and now, in many areas around the world, and locally here in this Nation, the
church is held under great and serious attack, serious persecution, and serious
injustice; as schemed and purposed by the Enemy. In Christ Jesus, the “turning of
the other cheek” is right and correct, however, it just is not the only expression
of God’s Love as presented in the Word. Have a close look at the way Jesus Himself
lived, spoke, and prayed. Also, look at Peter, Paul, and James; and how they
themselves spoke and prayed at times, as led by the Spirit.

Go ‘purchase’ for yourself the Sword ‘of the Spirit’:
Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack
anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He (then) said to them, “But now if you have a
purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and
buy one. (Luke 22:35-36 NIV)

When backed into a corner, you can pray differently. When backed into a really tough
corner, you pray differently again. And when the church and the Kingdom of God is
seriously backed into a corner, surrounded by great evil intent, strategised and
purposed of Satan; the Christian Church can pray most very differently. We have been
given the Keys, and it is the believer’s responsibility to intercede on behalf of
the people within their care, and the church as a whole. And if we don’t, then who
does? For the Charge had been given us, us the believer. We lose ground because in a
‘spiritually castrated’, dethroned, and a docile slumber the Christian church allows
it.

I have had to learn to pray ‘differently’, over these last several years, and the
Lord has been gradually leading and teaching me. I am not comfortable in praying in
a way without full reconciliation unto the Word and the Spirit of God. And as a
result of current affairs of today, I pray a prayer and I share this prayer openly
with you. This subject does take a personal reconciliation unto the Word of God, in
order to be able to walk freely in it; but it is most important to the things that
you face personally, your local church faces, and the Kingdom of God at large. As in
all areas of the Christian walk; being established and rooted in the Love, in the
Grace, and in the Spirit of God is absolutely crucial. However, this Place opens you
up to a far greater and infinitely bigger realm destined and purposed you in the
Lord.

If you still live by legalism, religion, or pride (the carnal man); then ‘turning
the other cheek’ is your only option. Lest you, yourself, open yourself to
judgement. But if you truly live by the Spirit of God, not in word alone but in the
reality of who you are, then you have an authority about you that Christ Jesus
Himself walked in, and so did the Apostles. I firmly encourage you to enter the
secret place; for it will be then the Spirit that crafts you and equips you. Truth
and knowledge alone does not empower you, for the Father seeks the Spirit Himself
rising from within you; the Everlasting Fruits (John 15:16 NLT) of the Spirit’s own
Abiding Presence. This is to that of which you, yourself, must nurture; this is the
kindling that you, yourself, can take clear and purposed steps; and it comes from
the Presence of the Lord.

I call them to account this day! …

Opening Scripture:
Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth,
so I am sending you. And having said this, He breathed on them and said to them,
Receive the Holy Spirit! [Now having received the Holy Spirit, and being led and
directed by Him] if you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you retain
the sins of anyone, they are retained. (John 20:21-23 AMPC)

This is key: become one led by the Holy Spirit of God. Learn this; not doctrine,
legalism, religion, or pride; but by the Spirit. Not by the flesh, not by what you
see, not by your own understanding, and nor by fear; but “by my Spirit says the
Lord.” We do not battle flesh and blood, but the spiritual realms; principalities,
ruling authorities in the spiritual realms; demonic hosts, and spiritual influences
that work to manipulate people unto Death (Eph. 6:12). Therefore, you, ‘sell’ the
cares of this life and ‘buy’ the Sword of the Spirit of God. You, put aside your
life and pick up the Life, the Honour, and the Glory of Jesus.

I call them to account: I call them to account these corrupters of men’s souls, and
they that curse; I return their curses back to their own heads, in Jesus Name. They
that come to this Nation and walk the streets paid and sponsored by evil, in attempt
to bring destruction to this Nation; I bind their words and the fruit of their
efforts, in Jesus Name. And I return their curses back to their own heads and upon
the heads of those that sponsor them, in Jesus Name. This Nation is the Nation of
the Holy Ghost! The full property given unto the full Purpose of the Kingdom of God.

I call them to account, the drivers and perpetrators of evil. I call them to account
this very day. I call them to account this day, the corrupters of men’s souls, in
Jesus Name. Those that drive and setup teams of liars, thieves, and murderers; I
call them to account this day. They that drive and setup sexual perversion, I call
them to account this day. Those that curse and demonically come against this Nation
and the Christian Church, I firmly call them to account this day. We are called to
be “the head and not the tail” (Deut. 28:13), I call them to account this day, in
Jesus Name.

Here, today, I stand them before the Judgment Seat of the Lord, and today they are
set to meet Jesus as Judge. He who is Merciful and full of Grace they shall meet,
but today they meet Him as Judge. I pray the Mercy of the Lord upon them, but today
I call them to give full account. My Lord will issue a verdict, according to His own
Purpose: to bring Salvation or healing, to bring counsel or realignment, to correct
or remove, or to completely cut off (Luke 12:5, Acts 5:1-11, Rev. 2:20-23). A firm
line in the sand has been drawn this day, and the property markers of the King have
been firmly placed.

Scripture:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until
You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10
NKJV)

In Heaven, the prayers of the saints are to this day, “Lord, when will you avenge
our blood?” This is the prayer in Heaven, therefore, it is my prayer this very day.
I pray for the avenging of the blood of the innocent and the righteous. And I call
this Nation the Nation of the Holy Ghost; I declare this Nation the property of the
Kingdom of God. I call the perpetrators, the drivers, the schemers, and the
instigators of evil to account this day; those corrupters of men’s souls. The Enemy
has schemed, but today is the Day of the Lord.

In the days of Israel, kings would employ prophets to curse the Nation of Israel.
They would even employ strategies in attempt to defile the Nation as a whole;
sending in loose women and prostitutes into the Nation of Israel in order to corrupt
the hearts of the men, with the purpose of causing the Father to turn away (Num.
25:1-3, Num. 31:16, Rev. 2:14-16). This is happening this very day, in this very
Nation. Pornography is epidemic, sexual perversion rampant. There are witches,
warlocks, demon driving spiritualists that themselves command principalities; of
whom are employed by powerful and wealthy people to curse and tear down this Nation
in its moral core. They come against the family unit, they tear at relationships.
Their purpose is to bring a curse, but the Lord’s is to restore. I call them to
account. This very day, in the Presence of the Lord, I call them to account; and the
Lord will “turn the hearts of the parents (back) to their children, and the hearts
of the children (back) to their parents”, in Jesus Name (Mal. 4:6).

The drivers of terror, I call them to account this day. Those that worship false
gods and are bent to subvert and to overturn governments by terror, for their own
evil purpose, I call them to account this day. A summons to the Judgement Seat has
been issued, and they are now fully exposed before the Lord. Find them where they
hide, even they that hide behind the righteous laws of this Nation. Where they
scheme and plot behind closed doors, they are now fully exposed. For the sake of the
lost, the broken, the down trodden, and the hopeless … and for the sake of the Name
of Jesus and the Kingdom’s purpose; I call them to account this day. By the Spirit
of God, I decree and I proclaim: seek out those who hide themselves and practice the
ways of old, when they sought the ways of Baal. They hid themselves in the dark and
in foul pagan worship called and drove curses upon the Nation. I bring them out into
the Light and fully expose them. I stand in the gap and intercede on behalf of this
Nation and on behalf of the Kingdom of God, in the Name of Jesus.

The prophet: speaks the Word of God, proclaims it and decrees it. As carried along
by the Spirit of God he or she speaks, and the Spirit Himself rides upon His own
Words that has groaned in the soul of one of His own.

My personal Abiding Place: as a child, I embrace my Heavenly Father. Thank you Lord
for the Abiding Place. Lord, your beauty to behold, even your Glory. Thank you Lord
for your Love that Abides, Rests, and Alights upon me. Thank you Lord that I can, in
Delight, walk across the open floor of the Courts of God and embrace you as my Papa.
I delight in the Lord my God. I delight in the Lord my God. I delight in the Lord my
God, and I praise your Precious and Holy Name. You are Beautiful and Wonderful to
behold. Blessed be the Name of the Lord; I embrace you my Father, my Close
Companion, my Love and my Hope; my Rock and my Foundation. I praise your Holy Name.

Thank you Lord that I can enter the Gates with thanksgiving, and enter your Courts
with praise (Ps. 100:4). Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Lord, I am so grateful
that you have caused me to be, and raised me, as kin; as one of your very own. Thank
you Lord, for the tenderness of the Presence of God abiding and resting upon my
life. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Thank you for the Witness of the Spirit of
God, that is as a burning Word from the mouth of God in my heart. Bless you Lord,
bless you. I seek your Face, I seek your Face. Praise be to the Name of the Lord.

Thank you Lord, that as you have called me to come and approach you as a little
child, and in this I have come. Please continue to give me the heart and nature of a
little child, as per your Vision and according to the fullness of your Purpose. This
I am grateful, and I embrace you with firm and intent loving eyes. You consume the
vision of my heart. You consume the vision of my soul, my mind, and my flesh. I run
to you my Papa, and I lift up my arms to you … I long to be in the arms of my
Father. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Here you pick me up again, you always pick
me up, and I recline here in the warmth of your arms and enjoy the Presence of my
Father; the Lord my God. You, Lord, consume the vision of my soul.

Here and now my Father sits me down next to Him, at His Right Side. He sits me next
to His own Triumphant Son; the Resurrected Lord of Glory, Christ Jesus the Lamb. He
who is Judge, King, and Lion. He is both terrible and beautiful to behold. But He is
my Friend, and my close and dear Companion. As all the people of the Nation of
Israel shook in terror, in the Presence of the Lord at Mount Sinai. They even crying
out, “I can’t bear to hear His voice” (Ex. 20:14), the Presence of God being just
too overwhelming. But here, right in the very midst of His Glory, Moses was able to
hang out and enjoy spending forty straight days. Who do you wish to be?

The Lord my Friend, we sit together face to Face, in the Glory of the Lord. And I
look out at the angels that are here, and the splendour of their majesty. Here next
to my Friend; He who purposed Himself to die brutally on the Cross for me. He who
found me in the dust and longed for me to truly and fully turn my heart upon Him; it
is He who has risen me up in such Honour. It is only the Honour of the Lord that I
seek; His rich Approval upon me and that rests firmly and surely upon my life. To
hear His Voice, and see His Form; to know the Lord and be known by Him (John 5). I
welcome, I live in a continual state of welcome, for the Lord my Friend.

Coming to live in perpetual encounter of the Lord your God: some people have had
encounters in the Lord a few times throughout their life. Some have regular
encounters at meetings and congregations of believers. Some even have encounters
with the Lord of Glory monthly, and some have encounters even weekly and daily; what
an honour, what a privilege. But, something is truly still missing, for the vision
of the believer remains so small. What the Lord desires is for you to live in a
perpetual state of continual encounter of the Living God. Continually and throughout
your whole day; each and every day. For this is the way of the Lord, and this is the
way of the Spirit. It is how Jesus Himself lived, even as a young boy, and even
before He started His ministry. And it is to this that remained throughout His whole
ministering life … right up until the Cross.

It is the way of the prophet to live in a continual state of encounter, in Jesus
Name. You can have a Gift of prophecy and therefore prophesy, but the Heart of the
Son is that you become like Him and be a prophet of the Lord. This is not an idle or
casual statement. Jesus walked in perpetual dialogue in the Lord, and that is the
way of the Christian life. It is far from legalism, religion, or the ways of the
flesh. Man cannot give this to you, you have to go to the Lord yourself and get it
(1 Cor. 14:1). And through a heart of sincerity; the Father Himself shows you His
Love and the Joy of His Salvation. He does it. Man can talk about it, but it is only
through the Father’s own Tenderness that you can ever truly come to know the
Intimacy of the Lord.

Seek the manifest Presence of the Lord; through praise, worship, the Word, through
prayer and fasting, and through the everflowing revelation of the Lord that is found
in the secret place.

I can talk about the Love and Intimacy of God, but in the end it is only academic. I
can talk to you about the Love of God endlessly through Scripture, however, until
you yourself experience the Love of God yourself; human vision and understanding is
minuscule and meaningless. We are called to continually abide in the Love of God.
This is not an idle statement. Truly we are not under law or works, nor religion or
religious practices; we are under the Grace and Mercy of the Lord. For what we know
is bordering worthless, but what the Lord your God does when you truly come to
humble yourself and seek His Face daily – is truly breathtaking.

You are the intercessory voice of your town and country, you yourself are. As Jesus
stepped upon the Earth those 2000 years ago, He instigated the Kingdom. You now
stepping forth as a child of God instigate the Kingdom here and now.

Satan directs you to squander in fear on the ground of defeat, in his own domain.
But what the Lord has purposed is for you to be lifted up in Him and see, move, and
operate from the lofty position in the Lord; and speak most clearly. This speaking
being from the Spirit of God, as in the life of Jesus, and your words carrying a
weight about them because of with whom, in whom, through whom, and under whom you
abide. Whose you are, whose you belong, and whose Blood of whom you are born. The
words that you speak carrying weight. Not how loud, not how eloquent, not how well
crafted; but by simple truth of where you Abide.

So, my Lord warmly and most affectionately embraces me as I sit down here next to
Him. I know Him and He knows me; there is a Rich and Eternal kinship between us. His
Goodness has shaped my soul, His never ceasing Kindness and Mercy shown me has so
touched every part of me. Truly, He is beautiful to behold. But now as He has seated
me right next to Himself, and as I look out before me, my heart cries for the souls
of man; just as He. But before I was operating under my own strength, understanding,
and vision; but now I operate under the Lord’s Strength, Understanding, and Vision.
There is a great difference now, by where I am seated, and by what this Throne
entails. This Throne isn’t just a pretty chair; but is the Ruling Chair, the
Commanding Chair; the Judgement Chair, and the Chair of Absolute Authority.

Here my Jesus seats me as a king (though still in my nappies). Here I am seated as a
judge, and I am seated by the Lord as a lion. My Jesus is King, but He, Himself,
seats me as a king. Under the Shadow of the Lord God Almighty, I abide and have my
breath. Therefore, under my own shadow, the Resurrected Power and the Glory of the
Lord freely flows. I am firmly seated with the King of kings, the Lord of lords; as
a king under the Great King. The believer is called to a very lofty position,
however, Satan wants you thinking and operating so, so small; even being stripped
bare of your true intended identity in the Lord. Man can have many identities, but
there is only one Purposed and Destined for you that is of value.

Even through king David the prophet, all those years ago, he prophesied that you are
like ‘gods’ (Ps. 82:6, John 10:34-36). This is not a devils vision, a corrupted
vision, a vision from the heart of sin or rebellion. No, it is the vision of the
Lord Jesus concerning you, here and today. But man through the corruption of sin and
rebellion defile this vision of the Lord, and the spirit of religion casts it aside.
But the Lord your God desires to lift you up beyond the vision of man, or of
corruption; hence these things are hidden to the carnal man. The Lord sent His Son
to die on the Cross for a purpose, a purpose that is greater than what Satan wishes
you to abide and walk in. For he has no hold or power over you; nor does his hordes
of demon-generals and demon-princes, and nor does the sea of demonic opposition.

Those born of the Spirit are as the Wind, you don’t even know where they’re coming
from or where they are going (John 3:8).

I speak with a word. I speak with a word. I speak with a word and something beyond
human understanding transpires. I am an ambassador of the King, and I speak for the
King; I am seated as a king under the Great King on His Judgement Chair. I am rooted
in Mercy for my King is Merciful. I am rooted in Love and Compassion for my King is
Love and Compassionate. And I am rooted in Righteousness for my King is
Righteousness. The Lord fashions me in ‘holiness’, as decreed by the Gospel, and
therefore I seek the Lord. He fashions ‘perfection’ in me (Matt. 5:48) for He,
Himself, has set this as a purpose in my soul and by His Spirit He crafts me. Though
the Enemy has schemed harm to me, my Lord has turned all trials and hardships as
means to boil out of me the dross of corruption. I delight in the fires of
opposition, though the Deceived one schemes and plots; every one of his efforts are
thwarted and returned magnified upon his own head. Every one of them back on his own
head. Truly the Lord makes a footstool out of him, even stepping stones that lead me
in strength upon strength. The beauty of the Lord my God. I delight in the Lord my
God and fire comes from His mouth and consumes all my Enemies.

Here, in intercession for my Nation, and to that of which I see before me, I speak.
But my words do not fall to the ground, for they came from the Spirit; and the
Spirit Himself rides on them. In Jesus’ time on Earth, He most firmly stated that He
could do nothing (John 5:19, 30, John 15:5), however, He lived in a state of
continually being ministered to in His spirit, soul, mind, and flesh. He did not
respond to what was in front of Him, but responded to the Spirit within Him. This is
the way of the prophet; one’s never ceasing orientation and communion unto the
Spirit of God … just as Jesus. And when He spoke, the Spirit and Life rode on His
Words. This is the way of the prophet. Not living according to the vision and ways
of man, not according to the yeast of the Pharisees or of Herod (Matt. 16:6), but
living and operating according to the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:1 KJV).

However, be careful seeking the Spirit of God, for the Spirit of God may come. Be
careful seeking Jesus, for Jesus may come; and who can truly stand the hour of His
coming? This is why we seek Him in His Secret Place, for He prepares us for His own
arrival. And instead of being one who trembles and runs from the Glory of the
Presence of the Lord, you are able to sit transfigured in His Presence. For it takes
one transfigured to be able to behold His Glory. Corrupted flesh cannot stand in His
Presence, so therefore, let yourself become truly transformed and transfigured in
the Secret Place of the Mountain of the Lord. Let Him come into the secret place of
your heart, your soul, your mind, and your flesh. Let Him permeate in all you are.
You are not called only to abide under the Blood covering of the Lord, no, but to
have His Blood pumping in your veins. You are not called to live in appearance of
Jesus, but in likeness, if not His full likeness. You are called to be as He is in
this life; to walk as He, live like He, move as He, and do as He. For you are rooted
in the same as He; not in the world, or the ways of this life; but of the Spirit.

Jesus desires to breathe upon you the Spirit of God. So now when the Spirit bears
Witness and speaks into your soul saying, “prophesy over the dead men’s bones” (Ez.
37:1-14), you are operating not from your flesh, or human understanding, but of the
Spirit of God. Now you are living and moving just as Jesus in this world. For that
is how He lived. Paul speaks of it as, “we do not know how we ought to pray, but the
Spirit within speaks with wordless groans” (Rom. 8:26-27). This is how we need to be
rooted. There are a number of ways that we, as believers, can pray: 1. using the
Name of Jesus, 2. entering the courts pleading your case, and 3. being seated by the
Father and praying from within the Realm of His Authority and Grace. With the Spirit
of God bubbling up prayers as groans in your own soul. The Eternal Realms of Heaven
respond to the Spirit; and it is through the Spirit bearing Witness and speaking
through you that brings tides of change.

Faith has its origins in the Holy Spirit; the Spirit bearing Witness of the Saving
Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:44).

In firm protection of the Body of Christ, from Corruption and Mixed Seed, Peter
himself made a judgement call against Ananias and Sapphira. The ‘groans’ of the
Spirit within him caused a prayer, a firm word from the Throne of God to be uttered.
Not only once, but twice. Apostle Peter speaks of it as this; “prophecy does not
have its origin in the human will, but though human, they speak from God as they are
carried along by the Holy Spirit of God” (2 Pet. 1:21). Realise this, the Hand of
God is not moved by the prayers of a man, but the prayers of the Spirit of God
groaning from within a man (which of course is ‘faith’; the abiding Witness of the
Spirit of God).

Be encouraged; “throughout the lifetime of Samuel, the Hand of God was against the
Philistines” (1 Sam. 7:13). And there came a time in the life of David that he could
say, “you have set a table in the presence of my enemies” (Ps. 23:5). Paul says that
it takes just one man; and that the very earth is waiting for the “sons or daughters
of the Living God to be revealed” (Rom. 8:19). Truly God is crafting you as ‘an
Instrument with teeth’ (Is. 41:15). And forming you to become one victorious, and
therefore given the right to sit on His Throne with Him (Rev. 3:21).

We are called to holiness: I tell you what, you cannot hop onto the Judgement Chair
without holiness in the Lord. If you judge you lay yourself fully open to Judgement
as well. Jesus states that He will seat those who are ‘victorious’ on His Throne. So
we seek the Lord with all our heart, and the Lord shapes us for holiness. For the
sake of the nations, for the sake of your own very soul; “be holy just as your
heavenly Father is Holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). That is a firm and direct command to you
this day from the Lord. You cannot achieve this, the Lord does it in the secret
place. Holiness starts with a heart of repentance, and desiring to truly come to the
Lord and truly seek His Face. Not in a whimsical step, but a step of firm purpose
and conviction retained in your own soul. You go: and as you step towards your
Father; He will step towards you (Jam. 4:8). As you make firm and decisive steps to
meet your God in the secret place, in honesty and in integrity, making clear and
firm steps, even through a culture of prayer and fasting, and meditation of His
Word; your God will come meet with you. He who is full of Grace will meet with you
and the Catalyst for great change will come upon your life – that is from and of the
Spirit of God.

Pray this prayer with me, ‘Lord, bless you Lord. Thank you Lord, for the honour that
I can love you and seek you with all I am. Thank you Lord, for the Plans and
Purposes that you have prepared and destined for me. Please continue to take away
the obstructions from my eyes, my ears, and my heart; leading my soul unto the Lord.
Please continue to build a rich union in the Lord my God; according to your Love and
your Grace. Here, I give you my life, please fashion me according to your Good
Purpose, in Jesus Name. Amen’.
Day #58: Kingly Christ
“Everlasting Life”

… in continuation of the previous chapter.

Come learn to care not but for the Presence of the Lord; for Anointing, Everlasting
Life, and Counsel is found in Him. The Lord seeks to Anoint His people; to carry the
load for you, and to ride upon your words bringing Everlasting Life. The invitation
to sit at the Father’s right hand, on the Throne with Jesus, has been extended you.
Choose then, to care not but for the manifest Presence of the Lord, for He thwarts
every plan of the Enemy, even aggressively going on the offensive against him. In
all things and through all things seek first the Kingdom of God come, even before
your imminent needs (Matt. 6:33). Choose this day to make firm place for His Will
being done here in your life, just as it is in Heaven, and so it shall (Matt.
6:9-13). In the Presence of the Lord Hope is found when there is none, Love is found
when none can be seen, and a Faith is found that shakes the foundations of the
Earth.

Scripture:
I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,
what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is
Everlasting Life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I
speak. (John 12:49-50 NKJV)

One abiding in Everlasting Life can speak Everlasting Life. One who abides in the
Presence of God can speak and release the Presence of God. One who abides in the
Living Word speaks and releases the Living Word of God. One who abides under the
Anointing of the Lord speaks with an Anointing and releases an Anointing, and it is
the Anointing that breaks the yolk. As you respond to the invitation and sit on the
Throne with the King of Glory, the Father causes you to ‘rule in the midst of your
Enemies’ (Ps. 110:1-2). Come set yourself firmly to seek the Presence of God, and it
is the Presence of God that comes and remains. As you set yourself to seek first the
Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of God comes. The Words of Everlasting Life, that abide
within you, is what releases Everlasting Life from you. These words themselves break
the demon’s stronghold over people’s lives, and they that were blind and deaf to the
Light of God, now see and hear for the obstruction has been removed.

 

Scripture:
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to
everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you. (John 6:27 NKJV)

There is the written Word, yes, but what is to be sought for is the Living Word that
‘the Son of Man gives you’. Focus the inner purpose of your soul not in the temporal
rewards or issues of this life, but that of which endures forever; the Eternal
things of Heaven alive and functioning here and now in this temporal world. Learn to
look through all things and set your heart upon the Food that endures, ‘labouring’
for the Food that endures to Everlasting Life. Seek daily the Presence of the Lord,
and it will be the Lord of whom raises you up into His very own Presence.

It is He who builds you up in the Hidden and Secret Places of the Father. Here He
gives you Food of which endures to Everlasting Life; even the rich sense of Life
abiding in you. It is the Father Himself that speaks Words that produce Everlasting
Life within you, for His ‘command’ is Everlasting Life. In this, your own words
become Anointed, and your mouth overflows the Words of Everlasting Life that groans,
stirs, and bubbles up from within.

As your soul prospers so does your flesh. As your soul prospers, so are the scars of
your soul and flesh healed. The ancestral scars, the scars of the sins done against
you, and the scars caused by your own sins; all is healed in the Presence of the
Lord, as the Lasting Fruits of the Joy and Confidence of the Lord come rest upon
you. As your soul prospers so does your flesh, and a prosperous soul brings
Everlasting Life to the World around you. However, seek first the Presence of God
and His abiding Witness will minister continuously into your soul.

Scripture:
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce Lasting Fruit,
so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. (John 15:16
NLT)

As your spirit, soul, and thought-life abide in the Eternal realms of the Father,
His Everlasting Life giving Words will burn in your soul affecting all that you
feel, think, do, and say. In this, you become one abundant in the Fruits of God, and
His ever present Gifts ready for the needs that are in front of you. And as you find
yourself walking in step and according to the Spirit, the Spirit of God places a
burning in your soul for both the written Word and for the Words that proceeds from
the Father’s mouth. This burning in your soul, and longing to align yourself unto
Him (1 Peter 1:16), causes you to become a candidate for the Fire of the Holy
Spirit. For as your heart burns for the Living God, even becoming as hot coals, you
are kindled and prepared for the baptism of the Holy Spirit’s Fire (Luke 12:49).

The manifest Presence of the Lord that abides in you; the active, moving, and
dynamic Presence of God, sows His Everlasting Life giving Word in your soul. His own
Abiding Presence within you bears abundantly the Fruits of the Spirit; even the
Lasting Fruits of Faith, of Hope and Love. The Eternal Counsel, Understanding,
Knowledge, and Might of God stir firmly in your soul and out of your mouth speaks
the Eternal and Everlasting words of Life and Spirit, as the Spirit Himself rides on
them (John 6:63). And upon your life, the Fear of God will rest, and you will
delight in the Fear of the Lord, just as He who went before you (Is. 11).

One rooted in the Spirit lives outside the accusation and the condemnation of Satan
or man (1 Cor. 4:3, 1 Cor. 2:9-10 AMPC, Rom. 8:1 KJV), for the word that is spoken
is from the Heart of the Father. As your flesh walks this Earth, your spirit and
soul walk the Heavenly realms. You bridge and abide in two worlds simultaneously,
with Heaven being more real to you than this temporal earthly world. As the Lord
speaks, as the Lord gives you of the Bread of Life, there are deep shifts in the
awareness of your soul that your mind can take days, weeks, and even years to catch
up. The continual meditation of your soul ponders to make ‘flesh’ the realities of
the Faith of Jesus stirring within you. The Eternal abiding Witness of the Holy
Spirit that continually speaks His own language within, being one taught by the
Father and continually coming personally to Jesus yourself (John 6:44-45).

Hunger for the Lord your God, and hunger for the ‘More’ that is always found in Him.
Heaven is full of the Provisions and Promises of God, and there are vast rooms that
you can go in to get all that you need and want. Here, in the Abiding Place of the
Lord, the Spirit shows you how to access the Rich Stores of Heaven. Therefore,
through praise and the deep honour of soul, through prayer and fasting, and in
meditation of both the written and revealed Word of God; retain a continual hunger
for the Lord your God. In this, He truly has you recline, and He, Himself, ministers
into you (Luke 12:37) from the Eternal realms of the Kingdom of God.

Scripture:
Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and
stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and
struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When
he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.
(2 Kings 2:13-14)

All the Greats of Old, of whom went before you, have now given you full and clear
precedence to walk in the same as they. Each one of them are a picture for you here
and today, and their capacity of great deeds and of power are now yours … if you
believe (Matt. 11:11, Mark 11:23, John 15:16, John 14:12, 2 Cor. 1:20). It is the
Counsel of the Lord, the Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jesus, that gives you
the right and capacity to do what the Word clearly expresses. For the Counsel comes
as a shield; to guard against the birds that steal, the hardness of heart, and the
weeds that choke (Matt. 13:18-23).

Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14), and as He who is Resurected abides in you,
He makes the Word, which is He Himself, to be made ‘flesh’ in you. The Resurrected
Christ Jesus abides in you, speaks in you, and comes from you. That means, as the
Resurected Power of the Son abides in you, He makes real and manifest His
Resurrection Power and Life in you. And as you speak, you do just what the Father is
boiling within you to do; making way for the Everlasting Life of the Spirit to be
outpoured.

All Christians have the same opportunity, but not all participate in the same.
Picture again the Temple of God; as a believer, you have access to the four areas in
this model presented in Solomon’s day. Most Christians only participate in the Lord
via the Outer or the Inner Courts, without realising that there is more. The Purpose
of the Cross, and what the Blood has achieved for you, is the opportunity for you to
truly be able to enter freely into the Holy Place (if not abide). The Holy Place of
which is the Equipping zone, the Anointing zone, and the Transformation zone. Not
only so, but be led into the Holy of Holies, of which is the Hidden and Secret Place
of the Lord. Here the Concealed is revealed, and the Teachings of Heaven flow
effortlessly like a River upon you (John 3:12, Rev. 22:1).

 

Priestly and Kingly Christ

Satan would have you think of Jesus as only the sacrificial Lamb, whilst at the same
time sidestepping the fact that He is the Resurrected King and Judge; and Absolute
Ruling Authority.

 

Scripture:
Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth; You shall
thresh the mountains and beat them small, And make the hills like chaff. You shall
winnow them, the wind shall carry them away, And the whirlwind shall scatter them;
You shall rejoice in the Lord, And glory in the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:15-16
NKJV)

The Holy One of Israel, the Lord your God, is intent on making something of you;
even a new threshing instrument … with sharp teeth! The Anointed word you speak from
your mouth bringing great change. The Lord making your prayers, the words of your
mouth, and the deeds of your hands; most powerful and effectual. The wind will
scatter away the infirmity, the whirlwind laying waste the strongholds of the Enemy,
and you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. In this, as you see the Hand of God
moved in answer to your words … your joy will be complete (John 16:24).

Scripture:
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree
by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let
no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. (Matthew
21:18-19 NKJV)

There are many facets in the Person of Jesus, and the Word of God, and in this
subject of Jesus ‘cursing’ the fig tree it is the same. But in the picture of Christ
Jesus being both Priest and King, it has a very specific message. Be aware that the
earlier part of the ministry of Jesus was ‘Priestly’, but after Jesus came riding on
a donkey into Jerusalem, He officially came as King (John 12:14-15). From here He
starts speaking of what is going to happen, “the hour has come that the Son of Man
should be glorified” (vs 23). The Priestly office preparing the way for the Kingly
office.

The Apostles, until that point, were operating only under the Gifts, as they
proclaimed the Kingdom come. But His intent and purpose was to lead them to be able
to sit on the Throne with Him. Now in the picture of the Fig Tree, Jesus goes on to
say, “if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be
done” (Matt. 21:21-22). That is, if you believe, you can say to the mountains of
opposition, the strongholds of evil, the drivers of corruption and destruction: “be
thou cast into the sea” and it will be done for you … if you believe.

 

Scripture:
Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and
tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and
we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)

There are the two avenues for the believer under Christ Jesus, the first and primary
is to priestly. That is in the Love of God; interceding, encouraging, and in
forbearance teaching and admonishing. The other avenue comes as kingly. That is in
the Love of God; guarding, protecting, making judgement, and going on the offensive.
This Scripture rounds off what the Gospel of Peace openly expresses and has purposed
for you in Christ Jesus. That in Christ Jesus you can live and have your being as
both priest and king, under the Great Priest and King. Not of yourselves, but given
you of the Lord. Be aware, operating as a king draws attention to yourself, if you
operate out of your own fleshly lust and pride you will fall. But if in the Spirit,
a two-edged Sword will come from your mouth (Rev. 1:16).

Scripture:
Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high
praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute
vengeance. (Psalms 149:5-6 NKJV)

There is a Song given us of the Lord that comes upon you that the angels themselves
ride on. There are the High Praises of the Lord that rise up within you, that the
Spirit of God rides on. This is given in the abiding Presence of God. It is this
Praise within you that comes as groans from the Eternal realms. This Song, this
Praise, is the Word of the Spirit of God that the Spirit and Power of God moves and
travels on. We express in praise, but what we seek is the Eternal High Praise of the
Lord abiding within.

In the Praise of the Lord a Sword is placed in your hand, even the two-edged Sword
of the Word of God that comes from your mouth. To bring about the vengeance of the
Lord against the demon kings, the principalities, and the governing spirits of the
demonic realms. To bring them to a firm end, and make way for the salvation, the
healing, and the restoration of the Son. Just as your soul prospers so shall your
flesh, just as your soul prospers so shall the words upon your lips bring forth the
Anointing of the Lord.

Praise of heart dethrones you in your own flesh and in your own eyes, praise
dethrones Satan and his schemes, and praise elevates the King before all. Praise is
the language of Heaven and therefore Heaven comes and rests upon your life – that is
the Song given you of the Lord. As you abide in praise the angels of the Lord praise
along side you, and the Spirit of God comes and with a Praise from the Eternal
realms of Heaven, with groans so deep that words struggle to express.

It is from within the Abiding Place of the Lord that Jesus, as King, comes upon your
life. As you come under the King, you yourself are a king; reigning with Him on His
Throne. Therefore, the words that come from your mouth are Anointed of God. And as
you hold your ground, as you stand (Eph. 6:13), the Enemy is defeated by the Blood
of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will be able to prophesy over the dead man and speak
life back into them and they will get up (Ez. 37:1-14). You will speak to those
bound by infirmity and they will be released (John 5:1-15, Luke 13:10-16). And you
will speak to the blind and the deaf and they will hear the Voice of the Lord and
the veil shall be removed and they will enter the Salvation of the Lord.

In reigning with Jesus, we bow to no other reality. Satan would have you bow to him,
bow to fear, bow to his control; but the Anointing upon your life breaks every yolk.
The Authority and Dominion has been given you, the believer, through the work of the
Cross; therefore be sanctified in the Presence of the Lord, and by both the Word and
the Spirit you shall rise up totally Triumphant, in Jesus Name.

In conclusion:
This is within your hands, the opportunity has been presented you; the Lord invites
you this very day, to come “sit at My right hand”. This is your choice, this is your
step. The opportunity to enter the Powerful Rest of the Lord is your choice. Come
sit down on the Throne with Jesus … and here “I will make your enemies your
footstool.” The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the
midst of Your enemies! (Ps. 110:1-2).

Pray this prayer with me. Thank you Lord, that by choice and by rights I can step on
through all cares, all realities of this life, and praise your Holy Name. Even in
the midst of the accusations and the foul impressions of the Enemy and I can choose
to delight and seek your Presence. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. I hereby choose
to remain and abide here on your Throne, rather than to be dragged off by every
scheme of the Enemy. It is the greatest honour and privilege; that Heaven can come
in, on, and through each one of us as per your vision and Dream. Bless you in Jesus
Name.

~ 204 ~

“Faith is never a matter

of size, but is a matter

of how big God is

in your eyes.”

God is real. The one who is LOVE and is LIFE is real and He wants to be a part of your life. He deeply wants to meet you where you are at and in what you face each day. He desires to abide in you and come through your life into your world.

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